Thursday, May 23, 2013

Lace + Seersucker

Shirt (similar) | Shorts | Watch | Sunnies

Friday, May 17, 2013

Dear Class of 2017,

With only 8 days of my high school career left I thought it would be a good idea to take everything I’ve learned in the past 4 years and share it with all the incoming freshmen. It’s such a bittersweet time right now; I’m ecstatic to start this new phase in my life but at the same time a little nervous/sad/ scared to see this phase coming to an end. With that I thought I would post a picture of me from freshmen year, prepare yourselves. 

This was on the last day of my freshmen year. Please note the massive pink bow and the Holister shirt. We were all best friends and had 4 lockers in a row (it was really movie like) and we would chat/ gossip at our lockers in between classes. Oh, the days. Weird to think it was almost 4 years ago. 

Dear Class of 2017,

            As I sit here and write this, I can see my white graduation dress hanging and patiently waiting for my day to walk across the stage. I remember this familiar feeling 4 short (very short) years ago I reminisce the day my mom and I spent an entire day strolling through the mall looking for the perfect 8th grade graduation dress. It’s funny how we’re practically back at the starting line with the same nerves, but luckily this time I’ve lost the braces and I’d say I have better fashion sense as well (thank goodness!). And I’d like to think I’m a little wiser too. I can remember those first days of freshmen year like it was just last week.  Debating which table or bench to sit at that would make us look the coolest and trying to master my new schedule and the school floor plan. Even trickier was trying to learn the ever-changing bell schedule. All the memories are rushing back, almost as fast as I walk between classes still trying to beat the bell.
So I write this to you in hopes that you’ll take advice from someone who has practically mastered the road you’re about to travel down. I’d suggest traveling down this road in style, preferably a pale pink bug. Anyways, high school is tricky, not gonna lie. It’s full of friday night football games, firsts loves, and first heartbreaks. And along the way you just might happen to discover who you really are and who you want to be.

Don’t just take advantage of every minute but cherish the moments. These 4 years go by faster than Dorothy can click her glittery red shoes together. Study and work harder than you have every worked before, (at least until 2nd semester of senior year) but allow time for yourself to have fun. That’s important. As important as the grades are, the memories are what are going to last your lifetime. Take the time to make memoires. Get out of your comfort zone. Try clubs, introduce yourself to someone you’ve never met, sit at a different lunch table. This is your time to be adventurous, you’re young and it's okay to stretch the rules!

One of the most common mistakes is to never wish it away. Graduation day is going to come faster than you could imagine and just because you have a terrible teacher or there is stupid rumor going around, trust me when I say it will all pass. You’ll get a new teacher and the rumor will fade.  

These are four years you will never get to relive. Might as well live them to the fullest, right? So get involved! Run for class president! Lead your team to victory! Win homecoming queen! You only get one time and starting this fall, it will be your time! My time, well it’s done, my four years have passed and once I turn my tassel in 27 days I must live with how I spent my four years. Live for the triumphs and learn from your tribulations. Make lifelong friends and lifetime memories.

LIVE IT UP! High school will be whatever you make it. So make it 4 years worth remembering.

With love,
            The Class of 2013

Always keep in mind, 



Monday, May 13, 2013

Announcement, Announcement

I am ecstatic to announce that I have secured an internship this summer!

And that’s not even the exciting part.

My internship, well it may be in New York City, and it may be with an amazing company. 

I have the opportunity to be an intern at a newly launched fashion website with a fabulous team of women! I am counting down the days until I get to walk down 5th avenue again and embrace all the opportunities that I know will come along with this job.

So it’s official, I will be spending my last summer before college in NYC working and living the city life. I can’t complain.

I truly do love the city and I can’t wait to call it home sweet home for the full month of July! So expect to see an overload of blog posts about just how amazing New York truly is. I can’t wait to embark on this new adventure.

If you are interested in an internship for next summer (I’m pretty sure it’s too late to apply for this summer) this company really helped me secure my dream internship!




Friday, May 10, 2013

Anchors Aweigh!

Just because it's Friday and my dad and I wanted to play around with the camera...

Skirt | J.Crew  (Similar
Shirt | J. Crew (Similar)
Purse | Coach 
Shoes | Loft 
Watch | Kate Spade 
Bracelet | Lilly Pulitzer 




Wednesday, May 8, 2013

A Preppy Prom

Anyone who has any kind of social media network is probably well aware that it’s prom season. And now since there are so many social media platforms I feel like it’s just another way to be bombarded with pictures. Between Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and most recently Vine, it often feels like there is no escape form the multitude of prom pics. 

So if you don’t follow me on Instagram (you probably should do that now) (Account) then you wouldn’t be aware, but this weekend was my senior prom! Get ready to be bombarded with pictures here as well.

So,  let’s talk dresses. When you think of prom dresses the first words that might pop into your head could be (but not limited too) bedazzled, cutouts, and low cut. Bottom line is none of those words describe my style one bit. My mom and I searched probably every prom dress shop in Raleigh and then examined every online dress store. I truly did not know what to do. I talked about in a past post that the reason I love clothes so much is the way they make me feel. Well these dresses were not making me feel anything like how I wanted to feel at prom.

So when my family was down in Hilton Head visiting family we ventured into the Lilly store and I fell in love with this dress.

Dress | Bracelet | Shoes | Ring (similar) | Clutch (similar)

I knew it wasn’t the cliche “prom” dress but at that point I didn’t even care! It’s my senior prom and I should wear what I feel most confident and comfortable in. I think my prom dress fits me and my personality and I’m so glad I didn’t give in and not wear something I love just because everyone else might not be.

The two girls in Lilly!

Confession: This a completely staged pictures. Due to some difficulties my mom actually clipped it on.

My date wore a light pink seersucker bow tie to match the pink seersucker bow on my dress!

My good friend Zach is really into photography and snapped this cool picture!

My accessories!

The full group!

The lacrosse team girls and our coach in the middle!

My lacrosse buddy! We were co-captains last year!

My good friend Zach! I thought this was a cute candid picture!

Now onto actual prom. Well long story very short, it didn’t exactly end up how I imagined it would. I had a blast with great friends and I couldn’t be more blessed to have them in my life. It was so much fun getting all dolled up (even with all the stress that comes along with it) and loading my hair with I swear was pounds of hairspray and bobby pins. Typical prom SHANNONigans (HA! Get it?) .

Actual prom was a night I’ll definitely remember to say the least. I've never exactly been the best at exposing my emotions. I tend to keep them all bundled up inside. It's a bad habit. So if you really would like an insight to my night this Taylor Swift song is kinda extremely weirdly relevant to my experience at prom. I swear there is a Taylor Swift song for everything, but this one in particular really hits home for me.

Back to the fun stuff though: I highly encourage everyone to go to his or her senior prom. It’s such a pivotal memory for seniors especially. Kinda like your last hoorah before you graduate. So weird to think it was my last school dance. 

What did you wear to prom? 





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