Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Best Friend Photoshoot

For D’s 17th birthday, I gave her a best friend photoshoot! We knew that she was moving away for her senior year and since I had moved prior to my junior year, we were already living 2 hours away. I thought that  pictures to frame of us together would be so meaningful. Although it was for her 17th birthday (which is in April), we didn’t end up taking the pictures until early summer. We spent the whole night before laughing and crying and talking about the year to come. We also planned and coordinated our outfits until 2 o’clock in the morning. Although she’s in Hawaii and I’m across the globe in North Carolina, we now have these pictures to remind us of how much fun we have when we are together. It also gives us something to look forward to when graduation will be our first reunion in a year apart.

If you’re trying to come up with a perfect gift for your best friend and you’re looking for something unique, this is truly so much fun! You can set up a photoshoot with a local photographer or simply have your mom or a friend take them. Here are some of my favorites that we took that day! 

What unique gifts have you come up with for your best friend? 




Monday, February 25, 2013

Class Rings

Since I was lucky enough (sarcasm) to move after my sophomore year, designing a class ring was, to say the least, challenging. I tend to be a perfectionist so designing my ring became an obsession. Since I spent exactly half of my High School Career at my old school and half at my current school,  I figured my ring should accurately represent the time spent at both schools!

I love having keepsakes, so of course I love the idea of class rings! It’s a way to remember your precious high school years that seem to end way too quickly. I designed my ring through and they were great! I think your ring should represent you and that’s why I loved Jostens’s so much! Being the indecisive person I am, all I knew was that I wanted my ring to be original and not the cookie cutter class ring worn by the masses. Jostens’s lets you practically create the whole thing online and personalize every little piece. It was fabulous! Here is what my final product looked like: 

I did one side to represent each school and then my birthstone in the center! I contemplated having a pink stone in the middle…..just because, well, it’s pink. But I figured my birthstone would match everything and is more “timeless”. I played varsity tennis at LHS and although I played lacrosse there, it wasn’t for my school. My new school, AHS, has a lacrosse team and I will be playing for them for my junior and senior year! Because I wasn’t able to fit my name or my graduation year on the outside of my ring, I had “2013” and my initials “SPH” engraved on the inside. I love how it turned out and I couldn’t be happier!

As cheesy as this shot is (it kinda looks like my best friend D and I are getting married!) the photographer wanted to capture a shot with both our class rings during our BFF photo-shoot (blog post to come)! My ring is the one on the bottom and the hand with all the bracelets!

How did you make your class ring original? Do you absolutely love it?




Friday, February 22, 2013

Heels to Flats

As a little girl, my dad nicknamed me Grace. Not because I was graceful…well, because, I was the exact opposite of what they define as graceful. Therefore as you can imagine me + heels is NOT a good combination. You would think that being only 5'1, heels would be my best friend, but in reality they are my worst nightmare. I love the way they look, but for some reason I just cannot seem to master the technique of walking in them properly.

When I attempt to wear heels, it is a true comedy. I mean truly someone should pull out a video camera the next time I attempt to walk in heels. I would probably be a youtube sensation. The next Sophia Grace and Rosie if you ask me.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the way heels look. They are sophisticated, powerful, and make you taller (bonus!). Everything you would think a vertically challenged girl would love. But, just to stay on the safe side and avoid full blow humiliation, I stick to my flats. I feel more comfortable in them and I don’t have to worry about falling on my face.

I think in many cases you can get the same look in flats as you can in heels. You just have to be willing to search for the right pair of flats that are equally comfortable and cute. Not only that but, I think flats are way more practical. Especially for a high school girl. I mean walking from class to class rushing to beat the bell in heels would be a joke. 

Have you mastered the heel walking technique? If so please feel free to share your secrets with me!

Always remember,




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