Jagged rocks. Sandy hands. Gleaming sun. Boisterous waves. Barefoot feet. Frigid waters.
It’s been a while since I’ve appreciated the true bliss of being by the water.
Back in Georgia, Glynn held me in his arms as we kicked off our shoes and situated ourselves on some large boulders by the beach. We had goosebumps. We grabbed hands. We were mesmerized. We were at peace. I find that being in a long distance relationship has strengthened my feelings for him, and yet each time we see each other there’s an initial shyness–a sort of I cant’t believe you’re here in the flesh feeling that we both experience. But sitting together on that beach, we both felt perfectly connected.
Our little reunions mean the world to me. I try to cherish each moment without questioning its meaning, and to love deeply without over-thinking my actions. This vacation reminded me that even when life gets stressful, I know there’s somebody back home who loves me unconditionally.
If you’re lucky enough to live near your loved one, make sure you open your heart to him. Appreciate his madness. Accept him as a source of happiness in your life. And above all, find a way to love his flaws, because those can be the most beautiful of all.
Top- Kate Spade Saturday. Scarf- Anthropologie. Skirt- T by Alexander Wang. Watch- Marc by Marc Jacobs. Bangles- Kenneth Jay Lane & Juicy Couture.
The past two weeks have been truly crazy, filled with ups and downs and stress and happiness and wonderful opportunities headed my way all at the same time! I’ve been asked to be the costume designer for a show at my university called The Drift, and it debuts next weekend! Between frantically pulling clothes from our costume shop to style the actors, writing two 20-page papers due by the end of December, and visiting my extended family in Georgia for Thanksgiving break, I’ve had barely any time to breathe!
But despite my hectic schedule, this Thanksgiving break has been quite magical. Last Sunday my boyfriend Glynn came to New York to visit my campus, and on Tuesday we took an overnight train to Georgia. My aunt and uncle recently retired to St. Simon’s Island, a beautiful area in Georgia filled with palm trees, beaches, and boutiques. We’ve been resting, eating, and sleeping to our hearts content and I couldn’t be more thankful to get a break from school and spend time with my loved ones. And since Thanksgiving is all about appreciation, I thought I’d compile a list of some of my very favorite things in life.
I’m thankful for…
Lasting friendships. Organic produce. The way Glynn whispers “I love you” in my ear. Beautiful leather goods. 15% off for students at J Crew and Madewell. Dark chocolate. My movie collection. Sunlight shining through large windows. The twang of my uncle’s guitar. Nylon magazine. Yoga classes. The work ethic that my parents taught me. And so much more…
I hope you had a wonderful holiday!
Dress- Free People. Cardigan- Madewell. Booties- Madewell. Watch- Marc by Marc Jacobs. Bangles- Kenneth Jay Lane.
So far November has been fast-paced and hectic, but I’m trying to appreciate the little details as much as possible. I’ve been meeting lots of inspiring new friends and going on little cupcake dates and hot cocoa runs– the best way to bond is over food! But of course I have to keep warm on my adventures. Finally it’s time to bundle up in scarves and mittens and rock my favorite “sweater boots.” These babies are made of leather and wool and they are the coziest things I’ve ever put on my feet! I always feel so proud of myself for layering like a pro, tackling a full day of classes, planning a social outing, then returning to my dorm to study and watch movies snuggled under my blankets.
Although I’ve made time for movie nights and bonding sessions, I’ve also been pretty smothered with school work. Last weekend I wrote two papers and this week I’ve had to tackle over 300 pages of reading and an in-class presentation. I’m also the assistant costume designer for Hyppolatus, a wonderful play on campus that just opened tonight with much success. I’ve been sewing, steaming, ironing, errand-running, and dressing all of the actors to prep them for a busy weekend of shows. I’ve also been taking outfit photos of fashionable girls on the Sarah Lawrence campus for my job with College Fashion, and you can check out my first post here!
I hope you all have a cozy November weekend!
Sweater- Madewell. Pants- Joe Fresh. Boots- Anthropologie. Necklace- Vintage.
October has truly been a month of discoveries for me. Each day I woke up with 24 hours of endless possibilities, and I approached my days with as much passion and vigor as I could muster. But what were the highlights of October? What exactly did I accomplish?
Read four books. Danced 60 hours. Wrote three papers. Visited three museums. Called my boyfriend 47 times. Celebrated two of my friends’ birthdays. Went to the gym every day. Visited my friend Polly. Picked apples in upstate New York. Ate pumpkin soup with my parents. Traveled to Manhattan on my own three times. Visited friends and family in Illinois. Explored the Brooklyn Flea Market. Listened to Woody Allen give a talk in Princeton. Dressed up as Audrey Hepburn for Halloween.
But best of all, in October I truly learned to be proud of myself. I’m proud of my focus in my dance classes and my improvement in strength and stamina. I’m proud of my dedication to my homework and my constant drive to be engaged in class. I’m proud of my social interactions and my love of meeting new people. I’m proud of being in love. I’m proud of being happy.
October, you were wonderful. November, please be kind.
Blazer- J Crew. Sweater- Mango. Scarf- A gift from Glynn.
Living in New York has definitely darkened up my style– when I traveled to Illinois last weekend I packed a variety of tights, circle scarves, and booties in black, grey, and red, my new go-to colors. My boyfriend Glynn immediately noticed how dark I’ve been dressing, dubbing me a “real New Yorker.” I’m definitely not there yet… most people say it takes 10 years to conquer the city!
Glynn and I drove to our favorite rooftop to take some couple photos-his classical aesthetic has always been a huge influence on my personal style, and I’ve missed taking outfit photos with him every day. It was extremely chilly, so instead of shooting photos on the roof like we usually do, we stayed inside and posed on the top floor of the parking garage. The natural light seeped in through the large windows while Glynn took photos of me, calling out directions and telling me how beautiful I looked.
Oh, how I’ve missed this boy. No matter if it’s spring, summer, fall, or winter, he will always give me chills.
Me- T-shirt- Kate Spade Saturday. Skirt- Dolce Vita. Tights- Wolford. Booties- Rosegold. Scarf- Urban Outfitters.
Glynn- Sweater- J Crew. Jeans- Levi. Shoes- Vans. Belt- Banana Republic. Watch- Nixon.
Most of the East Coast colleges are starting their fall breaks, and Sarah Lawrence’s break began on Friday! I flew from New York to Illinois to visit Glynn–my boyfriend of two and a half years–and my close friends from home. As soon as my flight landed we ran into each others’ arms and kissed for what felt like eternity… and we’ve been on cloud nine ever since.
We’ve been having tons of adventures since I’ve been home, starting with a trip to my favorite apple orchard with my best friend Anna. We ate apple donuts, drank warm cider, and caught each other up on our hectic lives. I also did a bit of winter shopping, had a big brunch with my girlfriends, saw Gravity in an iMax theater (it’s amazing!), and took a million photos along the way. Today Glynn and I are spending our final day together adventuring around Chicago.
I’m starting to understand that I have two homes– my old home in Illinois, filled with beautiful people who I will always love, and my new home in New York, filled with a great education and opportunities around each corner. I love both of these homes equally, but my heart definitely still lies with Glynn in Illinois. It’s so strange to drive past my old house, eat pastries at my favorite local bakery, and laugh with Anna as if no time has passed.
At the same time, I feel closer than ever to the people dear to me, and I’m so excited to introduce them to this new chapter of my life. Home is definitely where the heart is.
Top- Joe Fresh. Pants- Joe Fresh. Jacket- J Crew. Boots- Corso Como.