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2014 overall was a pretty great year and I'm still in shock that it's over. Increasingly busy, but in the last 12 months I’ve made some incredible memories and experienced some amazing moments. I joined TriDelta in January and found my home on campus and recieved 150 sisters I never knew I would have, learned some invaluable lessons, finished my first year of college, traveled to New York City 3 times (1 2 3 ), had a fabulous internship in Apex with Moon and Lola, started my sophomore year of college living on the TriDelt hall, went to some great sororities formals and functions,  and ended it with a great holiday with family!

Now if I were Oprah I would give each and every one of you reading this everything on my favorites list, however since on a college student and on a strict budget I don’t think that is going to happen this year. But we can always keep our fingers crossed for 2015 favories.


Tell me what your favorites are of 2014. I would love to hear what everyone loved this year! Also let me know what kind of posts you want to see in the New Year! 

Happy New Year! I don't think I have been more excited to see what this coming year holds for me! I have some big things planned so follow along!

Remember,

xoxo

Shannon


Ponchos

Ponchos

I’ll be honest, I was totally inspired by a young girl I saw working in a boutique my mom and I strolled into before Christmas. I was browsing through the clothes and found a camel color poncho I liked, but I couldn't decide if it was something I would actually wear. And then I turned around and saw the college aged girl working at the store wearing the exact one. I was totally inspired. She had on a printed long sleeve shirt underneath it, with a pair of dark wash jeans and camel color flats. I was sold. She looked fabulous.

I was also totally inspired by these outfit inspirations I found on pinterest. Don’t they look adorable?!




My mom agreed that it could be one of my Christmas presents, but I wouldn't be able to wear it until Christmas. I literally wore it the day after Christmas to run a few errands with my mom and I got so many compliments. So worth waiting until Christmas. Now I’m hooked, and want another!

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 

Which one is your favorite? Could you hop on the poncho trend?

Remember,

xoxo

S

Weekend Reading

Weekend Reading

I always get a little sad the day after Christmas. Now we have to wait a whole year before the day comes around again! That’s okay, I have a feeling 2015 holds some super exciting adventures for me!!

Christmas at our house was great. Super relaxing and laid back. We haven’t been home for Christmas since my junior year of high school so it was nice to spend the day at home with family. We woke up, opened presents, ate a big breakfast, and went for a walk (I roller bladed!) around the lake near my house! I spent the majority of the day in my Christmas jammies and I was totally okay with that!

So happy to be home with my brothers! Make sure you're following along with me on instagram and twitter!

Weekend reading:

We lost our waffle iron in one of our moves so we recently just bought a new one! We found this video and were totally inspired! Which one should I try first?

I'm short, it's no secret. I'm only 5'1 so I'm constantly struggling to find clothes that fit right. This article is so.much.help. Especially where it compares kid sizes to adult sizes!

This Christmas proposal......adorable. 

Currently obsessed with this blog. Book me a plane ticket to Paris tomorrow please?


If you need a little inspiration...this girl is the definition of inspiration. Take the time to watch this video if you haven't seen it. AMAZING. 

Debating spending my Christmas money on this....should I do it? I need your thoughts! 



Last Minute Christmas Gifts for Everyone!

Last Minute Christmas Gifts for Everyone!

Christmas Eve has to be one of my favorite days of the year. The anticipation, the holiday spirit, the quality family time.

Most Christmas Eve’s we don’t typically have anything super special planned during the day (except for tracking Santa on Norad Santa Tracker!!), but at night we always go to church and then come home and eat a big meal with a few other families. After eating way too much ham and cheesy potatoes, all the kids go outside and spread reindeer food (fun craft for little kids!), which includes dry oats and glitter mixed together! The story behind it is that the reindeer will be guided by the glitter and then they can eat the oats! It’s a tradition we take very seriously in our household.

Occasionally, on Christmas Eve, I will run out and do last minute gift shopping. I always regret it the second I turn into the parking lot and spend at least 20 minutes finding a parking spot! However, some of the best gifts are the ones you can’t find in a store! You can buy some of the most meaningful gifts online and there are so many options that don’t require shipping! So don’t panic, you still have tons of options to get your family a gift that they’ll remember forever!



For your mom:

Moms are some of the most deserving people out there! Plus who wouldn’t want a gift certificate to get their nails, toes and  facial done?!

My mom and I both love musicals! We have a few really great theaters in the Raleigh area that get great productions too! For Christmas, I got my mom (*stop reading here mom*) tickets for us to go see the musical Wicked! I bought them through Ticketmaster, so look and see what’s coming to your area!

3. Framed Photos
This is always my go to gift for anyone. I love pictures and I have so many framed throughout my dorm room. You can easily get your favorite picture of you and your mom printed online and most of the time Walgreens will have it printed in a matter of hours! You can also get posters and other cool products printed too!
P.S. Target always has cute affordable frames!

For your dad:

1. Sporting Even Tickets
Is your dad super obsessed with a certain sports team? Use a site like Ticketmaster to buy him tickets to a game!

2. Concert Tickets
My dad loves music, way more than sports! So a few years ago my family got him tickets to go see his favorite band U2. The expression on his face when he read the tickets was priceless! Check out Ticketmaster for great concert options too!

For your sister:

1. Buy a magazine subscription
I have a few magazine subscriptions that I've gotten as gifts and I love all of them. I typically pick up my mail and by the time I get back to my dorm room, I’ve already finished going through the entire magazine! But let’s be real, who  doesn't love getting mail?! Here are a few links to my favorites:


2. Monthly Beauty Subscription

  Because who wouldn't want to get a few new nail polishes every month?!


For your bother:

My brother loves our Netflix subscription. It’s fun to be able to go back and watch episodes of your favorite T.V. shows at any time and plus they have great movies options as well! Also perfect for any college student!

Does your brother love music? If so, it’s the perfect gift! I use Pandora almost every day when I’m at school doing my homework and the commercials get so annoying (and I always) run out of skips. With a subscription you don’t have to worry about those 30 second commercials!
For the entire family:
1.     Buy an experience on GroupOn!
My family has always loved doing adventurous things together. We've gone Zip lining multiple times, white water rafting (oh you should have seen the laughs we got out of this one), we've been on Segway tours! All of these things are great options and so much fun to do together. The memories you make will be priceless! Way better than anything you could buy in a store. 
For someone special:
Secretly I’ve always wanted to do this. It’s surprisingly super affordable and who wouldn’t want to get a star named in their honor?! 
I hope this gives you some ideas! Sometimes it’s the things you can’t buy in a store that make for the greatest gifts! So don’t panic if you haven’t bought anything yet. Plus remember, if you really want to surprise someone usually local animal shelters are open on Christmas eve, and who wouldn’t want to open a cute little puppy or kitten on Christmas morning?! Just another idea ;) 
Wishing everyone has a great holiday season!
 Remember,

xoxo

Shannon