Tuesday, September 30, 2014

I heart Jemulet

There are a few things that can make a Monday great, and two of them happened yesterday.

My 9 AM class got cancelled, and I got an email that I had a package arrive in the mail.

CAN I GET A HOLLA?!

So after my 10:30 class (still had to wake up somewhat early....), I joyfully ran to the post office and picked up my new bracelet from Jemulet! Also, it was National Coffee Day, so let the excitement continue. You know your girl loves some coffee.



Isn't it just adorable? Here's the link for the heart charm bracelet, but be sure to check out their other stuff!

What makes your Mondays a little more fab?

xoxo,
Meredith

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Monday, September 29, 2014

DORM TOUR

It's more dorm room stuff!! I guess I just took a long time because I wanted it to be clean and organized and all presentable for 'the blog'. But then again, I get frustrated when I see photos of a spotless home, like I know that it probably doesn't stay like that. So I tried to make my room as clean but as real as possible.

I'm really nosy and love looking through people's rooms and especially loved it when I was trying to figure out how I was going to organize my dorm, so I've included lots of photos, random or not. Also, I basically just walked through my room and snapped a photo of each thing.


This is the view of my side when you walk in. My dresser, then desk, then bed. 


This hold some of my jewelry (just not the statement necklaces) and I love having it here because I can see all of my options. Then a bathrobe and towel hang next to it. My wristlet that I carry with me everywhere is to the left!


This little stand is right next to my dresser and door, and had originally been the mtaching nightstand for the roommate, but my new roommate actually had the same one, so now there are three of these white Target shelves in our room! It actually works out perfectly right here and has some of my random cosmetic items. You can see the hair appliance holder on top, which didn't stay on my wall and now sits there. Then there's jewelry in that tub and medicine on the first shelf, q-tips, cotton balls, and nail polish on the second, and ziplog bags and other random things on the very bottom.


My dresser! I organized my clothes so that it goes: basic tees and camis (I have a LOT of these and didn't have enough hangers to hang them), t-shirts, pants (including jeans, yoga pants, and leggings), shorts (which hopefully I can clear out once it gets cooler), and pajamas. All of my undergarments are under my bed, which isn't the best, but I had too many to fit into one drawer, which is valuable space.


On top of my dresser I have my makeup, simple jewelry, and cosmetics. In that little blue Longchamp pouch, I keep my earrings, rings, and simple everyday necklaces (ie, my monogrammed one). I hadn't planned on keeping them in there at first, but now I'm SO glad that I did. I purchased the makeup organizer from Home Goods and it's the perfect size for all of my makeup. The white dish holds a few of my hair things (and my blush brush in this photo). The green fabric drawer is the biggie- it holds everything else, from lotion to hair product to hairspray. I kind of just throw it all in there, which is nice so that it's not visible when you walk in.


And my desk! Part of the reason I had avoided posting photos was because I knew I was going to move my printer. This is obviously pretty cramped, but I don't really work at my desk other than be on my computer, I'd rather go to the library. My printer can't print wirelessly, and because the only outlet is to the left of my desk, I had to keep it up here. That's also the reason you can see my beloved coffee pot on my desk... outlets have me going crazy.


On top of my desk, I have three small drawers, then keep my books and notebooks above. In the drawers, I store command strips, cards, and dry erase markers. 


This part of my desk makes me really happy in general. I have a Bible verse, my Bibles, notepad, large letter, and family photo. 


I have a few things above my desk, and this is on the right side. It's a magnetic Lilly board I got a few years ago where I've kept small notes and photos.


This is the memo board above my bed, given to me by a sweet friend the night before I left! I love being able to stick photos and mementos under the burlap.


I painted this pink canvas a little bit ago at home and never hung it up, so I figured I'd bring it up for a little pink!


This may be one of my favorite little parts of my room. I was gifted this M hook a few years ago and didn't have much use for it in my room at home, but in college, everything's hanging, so it's a perfect fit for my hats and sunglasses.


I have a floor lamp between my bed and desk, so it's slightly hard to see my other Lilly board, but that has photos and notes as well. My dry erase board was one of those things I didn't think I would buy or need while in college, but I got it after I got here and realized I needed to be able to see what my day looked like and what i needed to do. (That's why the dry erase markers are so close on my desk in those drawers.)


Ahh, the plethora of monograms. All of these were taken straight off my wall from home and I tried to organize them like I liked them here, right to the left above my bed.



My bed itself makes me so happy! I was worried that it wouldn't feel like my bed at home and that it would be horribly uncomfortable, but with the right mattress pad and comforter, it's perfect. I have a normal twin sized bed, with a mattress pad, then a hypoallergenic cover. I had read everywhere that the mattress pad is what you really want to invest in, so I got a memory foam one and I love it. My sheets, though you can't see them, are blue-ish grey, and I mostly only bought this set over an all-grey one because they seemed softer and better. Then I have two white blankets on top of those, and then my comforter, which is from Bed, Bath, & Beyond (and it's reversible!). I have a pillow in that same print and a pillow behind it (with the same color as my sheets). My mom and I found this adorable seersucker whale fabric and she made a pillow for me! Then I have this long turquoise body pillow from Target that I had originally just used without a cover, but my mom made me a pillow case and brought it over family weekend! I also have a pink throw from Target (but from the kid's section) that makes me happy because it has these little pom poms and such. Totes adorbs.



My bedside table is a bunch of little stuff and doesn't look too fancy. But I have tissues, protein bars, medicine, food, coffee mugs, paper towels, clorox wipes, and plastic silverware all stored here! The lamp is from Target and makes me so happy, then the clock is from Timex and I actually really love it because it's Bluetooth-enabled and I can play music through my phone on it. I also had to have my Lilly coasters with me here, with one right next to my bed.


I know this isn't too exciting of a shot, but I had to take a minute to appreciate my bath mat next to my bed. This one and the one in front of my dresser came together from Target and it makes my room feel so much cozier and nice when I step out of bed. The big rug also makes me happy- it's from Home Goods and makes it feel less dorm-y.




I'll go more into packing and storage later, but I wanted to give a quick view of my under the bed. I've rearranged it lots and will probably do a lor more rearranging if I get another box, but this is it for now. I have three large storage bins with other things in front of it. Going from left to right, I have food in a bin, then a rolly cart with more accessible food in front of it. The second box is odds and ends- tanks that I didn't want to hang and dresses that I can't hang. Then my socks and underwear are in a rolly cart in front of that. In the far back, I have a carry-on suitcase that was better to be kept under my bed, then the cream colored thing is a tote that I have all of my cardigans in. It's the Ziploc storage bag tote that had all of my air-sealed sweaters, but then I moved all my sweaters out and put the cardigans in there. In that red bag, I have bras, which really isn't great for storage, but I'm 18 and lack a better way to store them. Deal with it. The last bin has all my cable knit sweaters and sweatshirts. My mom teased me so much for packing 27 total sweaters (including cardigans and sweatshirts, though), but ya know, that's what I'm going to be wearing!


My closet is also a huge love of mine and definitely not organized in this photo. My shoes are a MESS (but will they ever not be). But I have my laundry basket, shower stuff, and shoes at the bottom, then all of my hanging stuff. 


We got lucky to have such large closets in our dorms, so I have a shelf above my hanging stuff, then even more storage above that. Above my hanging stuff are shoe boxes with medicines, extra cosmetics, light bulbs, things like that. Then I have extra towels and tissues and belts to the right. Again, not that organized. Up above, I have my huge suitcase (which is holding a lot, too-- mostly just feminine products), and other random things next to it. 


And this is our home!


What do you think?! I'm excited to see how it changes this year and how I can find better ways of making it more organized!

xoxo,
Meredith

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

A Dad-ism a day keeps the doctor away

Dads are full of two things for sure: advice and bad jokes. There are a lot of phrases and things my dad's coined over the last 18 years of my existence, but there's one that's always stuck with me.

"If you fall off the bike, get up, brush yourself off, and get back on the bike."

The first time he said it to me, it was in a literal sense. I was the oldest of four kids, so I got the brutal end of learning how to ride a bike. Every Saturday, he would pull out a die, I'd roll it, and that was the number of squares in the pavement I'd have to try and ride. It was the only fair way for both of us for me to learn how to ride a bike because by golly, clumsy 5 year old Meredith was going to learn how to ride a bike. So yes, imagine that awkward and anxious girl on her bike with no training wheels, praying that a low number showed up on that dreaded die. Regardless of how much I didn't want to do it and the number of times I scraped my legs (and self-esteem), he stressed the importance of trying it again. Crying and scared, I learned to toughen up and keep going.

And I learned how to ride a bike.

But the rest of my life, far after my actual bike experiences, I've heard that same saying from him. I've gone into many things crying and scared, but was reminded of those lessons. He's reminded me of this simple saying with every failure and low point in my life. Not making teams, boy problems, scholarships, college admissions, everything. Even after a minor car accident when I was nervous to drive again, he reminded me of this (note: it was nothing traumatic, just a little bump and I was being over-anxious in natural Meredith state). No matter the number of times you fail, what really matters is not letting it touch you. Fall off the bike, maybe cry a little, then get back up and try again. There are so many people that fall and give up on the bike and decide to not bother anymore. But in the back of my head, there's Dad again, telling my bruised self to do it again. He taught me that it's how you react after things like this and that you can't let anyone or anything keep you down. It's the only way we get better and build callus and strength, and everyday I'm thankful for a dad that instilled that mentality into all four of us. He didn't raise anyone to sit on their butts and cry and I believe I'm a stronger person for it. 

So as I sit here on this rainy day, fallen off the bike and a little bruised, I think of the die I'm going to continue to roll and the helmet I'm going to put on, and I'm going to keep going.

Thanks, Dad.



xoxo,
Meredith

PS: He's probably going to see the title of this or I'm going to text him and he'll wig a little over which story or thing it is and then rejoice when he realizes it's just this one. No worries, Daddy-o.

PPS: WOW THE IRONY OF THIS STORY-- I wrote this in my notebook and was walking across campus on yes, this rainy day, when I slipped on a puddle and literally fell on my butt. It was one of those 'my legs slipped out from under me and I did the splits' sorta things, but I laughed and got back up, praying no one saw me. Two girls in front of me saw me, but said, "Hey, it was graceful." And now I have scrapes all up and down my legs. This lesson keeps becoming more and more true.


WHOOPS.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Sorry for resenting fall

Okay, unpopular opinion time. I'm really not a big fall fan, but I know that it's everyone's fave, so I kinda just go along with it. Yesterday, I pulled out my sweaters and vests and cringed a little knowing that the cold weather is coming. And yes, I LOVE fall fashion, but I don't like having to wear it because it's chilly outside. I crave the sunshine and long days and sandals and shorts and never worrying about wearing a coat and I know those months are long and coming, so the feeling of the cold weather coming makes me cringe. Also, I look frumpy in sweaters. But that's whatevs.

So the morning started off just great when I woke up late, even though I set my alarm for an hour and a half earlier than normal to look over my notes for my test at 9.....yeah, I woke up even later than I normally do and got dressed faster than humanly possible, spitting toothpaste faster than a llama and putting on my crappiest pair of flip flops, simply because they were the closest ones. Shorts and a tee? No biggie on any other day... except when it happens to be the first day of it being 60 degrees and running across campus in this attire doesn't warm me up. No makeup, hair in a pony, and I'm out of the test by 10:15, dying to get back to my dorm to change into something warmer and less like I just rolled jumped out of bed (even though I did).

Still refusing to wear a sweater, vest, or boots, I put on a new Lilly top my mom brought me this weekend and a supa sweet pair of new Forever 21 jeans. But hey, don't knock 'em till you try 'em. Cheap and they fit, so I rolled with it. This shirt honestly made me just feel happy and the buttons are so pretty that I just fell in love and was instantly in a better mood. Sorry not sorry that clothes do that for me.

the buttons say Lilly on them! eeeeek!

Also, I'm really feeling the struggle of not having a camera here. My photos in the past have been on my mom's nice one, but of course, that's 8 hours away at home, so I'm resorting to my iPhone for everything. Ew. If anyone's reading this and happens to go to UR or live in RVA and wants to make the trip over here, I'd freak. (Not even kidding, hit me up.)

I mean, Rachel gets me.




My top and jeans were paired with no other than my cheetah flats, my go-to in everything, as well as a gold bangle, ring (Forever 21 again, holla), and tortoise watch.

Top: Lilly Pulitzer // Bracelet: Similar // Shoes: American Eagle

So, I guess today was a story day and an outfit. Sorry, I just like to talk a lot.

xoxo,
Meredith

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