Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Birthday recapping

Ya girl is officially 19 years old! On Thursday, I wore my new herringbone vest. One of those things I have lusted over for YEARS and either just wasn't in my budget, or as most people know, it ran out of stock. But at the end of the summer, J. Crew Factory had a sale on its new arrivals so I grabbed that vest as soon as I could and have been waiting to wear it until the right day. My birthday seemed like a good day, so I paired it with my friend's pink dress from Gap (similar), patterned tights (similar), a sparkly necklace, and boots for one of the coldest days so far.









We celebrated at the restaurant on campus and with sweet Sophie, who also shared a birthday and lives on my hall.




This was the exact minute I was born, complete with onion rings and a few photo bombs.




I was so happy to have sweet friends that had showered me with fun gifts the night before as it turned into my birthday, including this tiara they tried to get me to wear out. 

This peplum top is from a place called Rugged in North Carolina! (Similar)

Friday night was the first basketball game! I honestly love basketball so much and it was so great to be able to just walk to the game. Made me miss Kentucky basketball a little, but dressing up in navy and red and cheering on our Spiders to victory made it so much fun!




Also, that same night, a girl on my hall went to a formal and it was obviously all of the rest of our jobs to help her get ready! My friend braided her hair, but I used a spiral curling iron to get tight curls like that (and then a whole lotta hairspray).


Saturday night was a lowkey fun day, then Sunday brought in more work to be done and getting ready for a busy week!


Sweater: Old Navy // Shirt: Ann Taylor // Necklace: eBay // Purse: TJ Maxx

xoxo,
Meredith

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Rainy Day Style Link Up

I'm super excited to link up with The Monogrammed Midwesterner and Prep Northwest for their Rainy Day Style Link Up! I included a few older photos of my favorite rainy day looks.







What’s your favorite way to keep warm on a rainy day?

Layers, layers, layers! I just really try to tuck my socks into my pants and keep my feet dry.

Are you a hood, umbrella, or both kind of girl?



Both, but probably more hood! I wear my monogrammed rain jacket absolutely everywhere. I used to never carry an umbrella until I got to college and was walking everywhere I had to have one!



What is your best hair tip for a rainy day?



Don't do anything.... I love the days that I don't have time to dry my hair and find out that it's raining! But other than that, I just do a braid to keep it out of my face and still cute!

What's your favorite thing to do on a rainy day?

I really love just staying inside and not doing much... on this rainy day I had to go to class but enjoyed coming back in and cleaning and getting some stuff done!

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xoxo,
Meredith




Thursday, November 13, 2014

19?

Goodness gracious, another year has passed in this short-lived life of mine and it doesn't seem real, but I guess it's exciting to be 19? Enjoy this picstitch of some really bad birthday photos and then one from last year. 



May this year be as great as the last 18!

xoxo,
Meredith

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

JUMPing into Wednesday

When I was in Destin over the summer, my grandmother and I hit up that TJ Maxx like no other. I bought two things, a white dress for proclamation and this jumpsuit. My grandmother saw both and I could tell she really wasn't into either, but I bought both anyways. I honestly only bought this jumpsuit because it was $7. I saw it and saw it on clearance and had no clue when or where I would wear it, but it WAS ONLY SEVEN DOLLARS. So I finally busted it out today for the first time today and couldn't have been more excited. I have never felt so cool or bloggable before.

Also, my friends and I were walking and they saw this bug and freaked, saying "YOU HAVE TO TAKE BLOG PICTURES HERE." 





thanks Tori and Sarah for the photos!

Jumpsuit: TJ Maxx // Flats: Forever 21 // Bangle: Rocksbox


This was the bangle I got from Rocksbox! *heart eyes emoji*

Happy Wednesday,
Meredith

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

14 things I learned in high school

I don't want to sound like a Buzzfeed article. But I do. I don't want to sound like a long string of some quote you read on Tumblr. But I do. These are just the things I genuinely learned first-hand in high school and tell to my siblings and younger friends every chance I get and felt like I had to share them with the blogosphere as well. I really could expand on every single thing, but this is just a handy dandy list for now.
  1. Grades matter and don't matter. Don't put off everything and don't not try because your grades are an important part of school, but they're not the end-all, be-all. You are not defined by a number.
  2. There will hopefully be a point when you realize that you don't care what others think of you, and this is the best point that you'll be at. It's when you completely forget about all the things that used to stress you out because you're just doing you. The hardest parts of high school come before this, when you're still worrying about how you're viewed and what group you fit into. Just do you.
  3. Get rid of the notion that your best friends have to be in the same class, go to the same school, or be the same gender as you. I had some close girl friends in my class at my school, but some of my closest friends were those younger than me, my guy friends, or people at a different school. I know it's sometimes hard to feel like you're missing out if you don't have a whole squad of girls exactly like you in your grade, but don't ever limit yourself to that.
  4. When you graduate, you won't care what your reputation was in high school, but rather, the relationships you fostered and continue to care about afterwards.
  5. Get along with your parents and work on that relationship now. Don't push their rules or their limits-- they truly care about you and this is the last time you're going to live at home, so why ruin something like that now? I don't know what I would do if I had gone to college not on good terms with my parents. There's a growing point of moving out where you realize that yes, your parents are your parents, but they're no longer taking care of you every day and night, so you become more on the same level and it's less about enforcing rules.
  6. Yes, college is different and you have the chance to go to college where no one knows you, but you're still the same person in college. Don't think that all the bad things from high school will go away and wish away that. Work on yourself and realizing who you are in high school so that you're more confident in college. As cool as it sounds, it's really hard and confusing to try to 'reinvent' yourself when you're just the same person. Stick with who you are and learn to enjoy life no matter the circumstances, just enjoying it who you are.
  7. You will get into college and you will be happy with it. It may not be your first choice, but again, it's all about making what you want of it. Don't sweat college decisions-- work hard and do what you can, but know that it does all work out in the end.
  8. Find out what you're passionate about and what you really love. Set yourself apart and continue with what you love, whether that be reading or cooking or running or collecting stamps. Find what you love so that you can stick to that comfort when you're out of your comfort zone. Your surroundings will change and so will the people around you, but remember what you're passionate about. Those won't change.
  9. Don't confuse hard work with busying yourself with too much to do. You can't wear yourself thin because then you'll only be halfway doing it.
  10. Step out of your comfort zone while you're still at home. Challenge yourself to hang out with different people and go to the sporting events and join different clubs because that's all college is and if you can't learn to be comfortable with yourself in new situations, it's much harder.
  11. Relationships don't define you and boys will never make you happy. Boys may complement you and bring you more happiness, but they will never change you unless you let them. Don't depend on having guys in your life to make you feel better. It's unstable and they'll fail. Work on yourself before even attempting to work on relationships.
  12. Love yourself and your body and every part of it, and don't let anyone put you down because of it. You only have one body and you have to learn to be happy with everything it can do.
  13. Try to learn and absorb as much as you possibly can while you're still at home.
  14. Tell everyone you love just that. There's nothing wrong with making sure people know you appreciate them and like having them in your life.
xoxo, 
Mere

Monday, November 10, 2014

Open Back Top

This shirt has been one I've been waiting to wear for a long time, but the weather was never right and I wanted to make sure I could wear my hair right. But I finally did pull it out and I was so happy with it. Plus, I got to wear this cool barrette my grandmother mailed me that she used to wear all the time.






I can't find the brand or name of the top, so here's a similar one (with bows!), I just wore black leggings, flats from TJ Maxx, but here's a similar pair, and my watch is from Target (similar).

Also, what a gorgeous spot of campus! I'm always amazed by how beautiful the campus can be.

xoxo,
Meredith

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Halloweekend Recap

HALLOWEEN! It feels like it was so long ago, but it was only last weekend and such a fun weekend. I kept saying that I wish it were Halloween every weekend because I thoroughly enjoyed seeing everyone's costumes and seeing how creative people got with them.

I used to not really be a big fan of Halloween because it was just a day to me, but it was an absolute blast.



Thursday night, Tori, Sarah, and I went as Alice in Wonderland. With Sarah as the White Rabbit and Tori as Alice, I was the Queen of Hearts. We had a lot of fun with these costumes because we didn't buy almost anything and mostly just found things to wear with it. I wore a normal black dress and cut hearts out of poster board to tape to my dress. They might have all fallen off because the tape didn't work, but.....oh well. I also drew hearts with a magic marker around my eyes, which kept up the whole theme.




Friday night was a spur-of-the-moment costume, as I had planned on doing something else, but when you have a tutu, you can do just about anything. It was cold that night and I wasn't feeling much effort, so the leggings and tank were perfect to be paired with a pink tutu for a ballerina. Ya know this girl always has a bow, so I stuck a black bow in my hair and it was one of the easiest costumes ever. Also pictured above: Ke$ha, a baseball player, and an angel.


These are some of the lovely ladies on my hall and a few others. From left to right, top: angel, paradise, biker chick, and a Chikfila cow. Bottom: ballerina, baseball player, 80s fitness instructor, and Ke$ha.


There were a lot of good costumes, but this one with Sarah and Brendan as Wendy Peffercorn and Squints from Sandlot was perfect. 




Saturday night Sarah and I went as minions from Despicable Me! I was also really excited about this costume because we didn't have a lot of the supplies, but we just figured it out. We were originally going to do yellow bandeaus with high-waisted shorts, but it was FREEZING and jeans were the better choice, so we borrowed yellow tanks from friends. From posterboard, I cut out the logos and the headbands and simply used Scotch tape to tape them to our shirts and headbands. The suspenders were made from a friend's leftover tape by doubling it over and tying them to our belt loops. So easy and so fun!


This was also such a fun costume by Tori and DJ on Saturday-- Jasmine and Aladdin were perfect. She just wore a teal top and stretchy black pants, and he just wore red pants and a vest. The hat? ....That was edited onto the photo, but I had to include it. Honestly so doggone cute.

It was such a great weekend and my favorite part was finding how to make a costume work with limited supplies!

What do you think/what was your favorite part of Halloween?

xoxo,
Meredith

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