Friday, July 31, 2015

It's all in the numbers…or is it?

10,838. 704. 20. 640. 1,210.

All these numbers are suppose to define me according to society. They are the number of Instagram followers I have or the number of people I’m friends with on Facebook. In today’s society you’re constantly judged by your status on social media.

It’s all in the numbers.

But that’s not how it should be. We shouldn’t feel like we live for another follower request or that the number of likes we get on a picture defines how popular we are.

I blog purely for fun. I did it for myself as a way to document my college memories and post about things that interested me along the way. Never in a million years did I think my blog would turn into what it has today. I have entered into a world where the number of followers on Instagram defines your success and it seems there’s a constant competition to see who can get the most.



I would be lying if I said I didn’t get excited with I hit the 1K mark, or the 5K or 10K mark. But I think in today’s society we have to be cautious of letting the number of followers define our success. I blog because I love it, and I love connecting with people who have similar interests as me, not because of the number of followers  I have.

It’s easy to get wrapped up with stupid statistics that society says is important. While I tend to be a competitive person in some things, I have to remind myself about what the important things in life are. Is my life really going to be that much different with 12,000 followers vs. 10,000?


What matters is that you’re loving what you’re doing and you’re having fun doing it. So while it might “all be in the numbers” when you’re playing a game of poker, when it comes to life, you’re more than just a number.

Remember,

xoxo 

Shannon

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

With love from Paris

Working in a Parisian office, and having 2 full months in Paris, I was able to fully immerse myself into the French culture. I quickly learned that bright colors are not incorporated into their everyday style as much as ours. They tend to stick to more neutrals, (black, brown, grey, navy, white) instead of wearing something super bright or busy. 

As someone who wears bright colors on almost a daily basis, this was a hard concept for me to accept. I needed to find a way to incorporate my bright, classic, southern style into something simpler and more subtle. 

This Lilly skirt was the perfect combination of the two cultures. It wasn't too bright, and totally my style between the navy and white and scallops. I paired it with one of Lilly's white button down blouses and my favorite crossbody! 









Skirt (similar) | Shirt | Shoes | Sun Glasses | Watch | Bag

How do you wear what you love to work and look professional at the same time?

Remember,

xoxo

Shannon




Monday, July 27, 2015

Blush Obsessed

I got home from Paris on Saturday night and it's been go go go ever since. I am still fighting jet lag (work up at the glorious time of 5am this morning) but am slowly getting used life at home again! It's nice to sleep in my own bed and get to see all my family!

Recently I've been loving this blush color. I mean I have always loved pink, and I love all shades, but this shade in particular I've really been drawn to recently. It's very light and feminine and I've decided that I want everything in a blush shade, please. 



What color are you loving recently?

Remember,

xoxo

Shannon


Friday, July 24, 2015

A Day in The Life of Prep Avenue (Paris Edition)

Spending the summer in Paris (and in Italy for a short time too!) has been a surreal experience. While it has had its ups and downs, it is no doubt going to be a summer I remember forever. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be interning at Condé Nast International (the magazine publishing company that owns Vogue, Glamour, GQ, Vanity Fair, Allure, and so many more!) in a million years. It just proves that you should always aim high, because you never know where you could land. Hard work, determination, and persistence always pays off. :)

I'm interning in the Brand Development department which means I get to help with lots of digital advertising/ projects and social media for all the magazines that Condé Nast owns! Going from 2-3 classes a day to an 8 hour work day, 5 days a week is an adjustment, but one that I have enjoyed! It's cool to get a taste of the working world! 

My internship and my time in Paris is slowly wrapping up, but the things I have learned this summer will stay with me forever! I have learned so much about big companies, how they run, digital strategies, branding, and everything in between. But in the midst of it all, I have also learned about myself. I have learned how to live in an international city on my own, I have learned to enjoy my alone time, I have discovered a new industry, I have fallen in love....with Paris (hehe) and I have learned how to be completely independent! 

I thought I would provide you with a little insight into a regular work day in the city of lights! While interning in Paris sounds super glamorous, I promise a 40 hour work week is about 90% exhausting and about 10% glamourous.  





7:40- Get up! 

Fun fact: I actually have an intense fear of my alarm not going off so I set about 5 or more alarms in 5 minute increments. It's just one of my many quirks.

7:50- Actually get out of bed :)

I'm not really someone who repeatedly presses the snooze button. I usually wake up on the first alarm and then lay in bed and check my email/ insta/ a few blogs/ Facebook. Anything to stall getting out of bed!

7:50-8:10 - Hair/ Makeup

I don't wear much makeup but I put some of my favorite products on and try to tame my crazy thick hair!

8:10-8:30 - Get dressed/ maybe pack myself a lunch!

With limited space to bring to Paris, I could only bring so many clothes. It was quite the challenge. I had to bring a variety of clothes; work clothes, causal clothes, work out clothes, needless to say my suitcases were very, very full. It kind of depends on the day, but occasionally I"ll make my lunch before heading out to work and eat it in the park!

8:40- Leave!

Head out to work!

8:45-9:05 - Breakfast

There's a little breakfast in the dorms every morning with some of the other kids and I usually grab a fresh croissant and tea!

9:10- 9:40 - Metro time!

I have about a 30 minute trip on the metro to work everyday. I take 3 (!!!) different metros and usually spend my time reading. It's actually one of my favorite parts of the morning!

9:45- 1:00 - Work

Work work work work! Like I mentioned, I'm an intern in the Condé Nast Brand Development office! I get to help out with lots of different projects, social media,  and contact some pretty cool brands!

1:00 - Lunch

Somewhere around 1 I usually take about a 45 minute lunch break! Sometimes I'll walk to the park and read while I eat or other times I'll sit in a little local bakery!

1:45-6 - Work

The final push! I work until about 6 everyday and continue to help with numerous projects and all the different things going on in the office. I love love love my internship and all the projects I get to work on, so it really doesn't feel much like work.

6:15-7 - Metro

Meto back! I don't usually get back to my dorm until around 7 because the metros are so busy at rush hour! Luckily, it doesn't get dark here until about 10:15 so I still have plenty of daylight left!

After Work

This is where my days kind of change from day to day. Some days I'll go back to my little dorm room because I'm tired and when I decide to head back to the dorms typically I'll work out for about 45 minutes, come back to my room, shower, make something for dinner (usually pasta or chicken because I don't know how to cook anything else!), possibly watch some Netflix, do some blogging, and head off to bed around midnight!




In case you're wondering what my little dorm room looks like!



It's a good size for a dorm room and I don't have a roommate. I have a small kitchenette to the left of my little dining room table (with the Lucky Charms my mom so kindly sent to me!) that has a mini fridge, a stove top, microwave, and sink! I also have my own bathroom which is a nice change from sharing a hall style bathroom like I did at school!

It really was the perfect size and I didn't need anything bigger, especially because I was only there for 2 months. Obviously I wasn't able to decorate it like my past dorm rooms but I did bring some washi tape over and printed some pictures before I left so I could hang them over my bed! It took up no space in my suitcase and added a little piece of home when I was so far away. 

That's my typical little Parisian day!

Remember,

xoxo

Shannon

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Little Lace Dress

You asked for them. So more outfit pictures are coming your way! 

I have to admit, finding a pretty place to take outfit pictures in Paris is quite easy. Around every corner is another historic and beautiful building. I could wander around the city and snap a picture on every corner.  I'm in love with Parisian architecture and dream about living behind one of the picturesque brightly colored doors one day.

I ordered this dress a while ago and unfortunately it didn't arrive until after I had left for my big summer abroad. Luckily, my mom visited me last week and was able to bring it with her! It was a perfect summer dress to stroll around Paris in. It's cream colored lace adds a touch of elegance but it's light weight material makes it a little more causal (It's also on sale right now!!). Luckily my work isn't too formal so I was able to wear this dress one day to work too! 

It's the perfect summer dress and it definitely has the ability to become a little dressier with the right jewelry and shoes. I opted for a more causal look with flats, my everyday jewelry, and a fun Kate Spade clutch!







Dress (on sale!!) | Shoes | Watch | Sunglasses | Clutch (similar- dying for this one!) 

Remember,

xoxo

S

Monday, July 20, 2015

Pinspiration

I've gotten a few emails lately asking me for blog advice and asking where I get my inspiration from. Some days are harder than others, but this summer I've gotten lots of inspiration from my time abroad and from Pinterest!

I try (really hard) to keep a running list in my phone of blog post ideas. Often times I either run out of ideas or decide an idea I did like when I came up with it, I don't like anymore. Recently I've been loving Pinterest. I've always liked the website and occasionally browsed it on my phone when I'm bored, but a lack of inspiration and a need of ideas has led me to a new found love of the site.

I honestly could spend hours and hours looking at all the pretty pictures. I went through this weekend and found some great new accounts to follow and now I'm dying to hear about every one else's favorites!

The beautiful typography, picture perfect landscapes, and an endless sea of inspiration has left me with a list of ideas for new projects. 






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Some of my current favorites that are inspiring me! If you're having some lack of inspiration Pinterest is always a great source! I hope I provided you with some inspiration today for your passion. These are just a few I stumbled on that sparked some great new ideas! Please feel free to share what inspires you!

Remember,

xoxo

Shannon

Monday, July 13, 2015

In your 20s

My quote board on Pinterest is probably one of my favorite places to visit when I’m in need of some motivation. I scroll through it and every time I always come to the conclusion that I need to find a way to make a 3d version and have all the quotes printed out so I can read them every day.

I was scrolling through it one day last week looking for a specific quote I pinned a while ago and I stumbled upon another one that I pinned a little while back. I read it and it really stuck a chord and knew I needed to share it.




Most days I don’t feel 20. I don’t exactly look 20 either. I often get mistaken for way younger than I really am (I’ve gotten 12 before, no joke). Being 5’1 I’m sure doesn’t help either. Despite the height or how old I feel at heart, I am 20 years old and I need to take advantage of it!

I feel like I entered into a whole new phase of life. I am currently 20 years old, living in France by myself for the summer and have never felt more independent (even though I call my parents on the reg). I am living by myself, grocery shopping by myself, going to fashion shows where I know no one, and working at a dream company.

I may have turned 20 back in April, but I’m not sure it really hit me until I was here in Paris.

I love love love my work and I feel like a real grown up! Every day I feel more inspired to chase after all the wild, crazy, insane, unrealistic dreams I have. There’s no better time than in your 20s! While most people are terrified at the thought of leaving the safety net of college, I’m anxious to get out into the real world and experience it! Who says college has to be the best 4 years of your life?

There’s so much to look forward to in your 20s and instead of dreading having to walk across that stage in 2 years, working at a job I love has made me realize how exciting it can be! So many dreams can become a reality in your 20s if you set your mind to it and allow nothing to get in your way.

Although I don’t feel old enough to be 20, I’m ready to embrace a new stage of life! Ready to work harder than I ever have, ready to mess up…over and over and over again, ready to put my dreams first, and ready to live a life I only imagined.

So I’m here to say that as sad as I was to leave my teenage years behind me, I’m ecstatic to see what’s in store for my 20s.  

Most importantly remember,

Shannon

P.S. Thankful for friends who started off my 20s by surprising me, waking me up to watch the sun rise, and then making this video! 







Friday, July 10, 2015

Favorites

So when I imagined this post, all I could think about was Oprah’s favorite things every year and my mom and I sitting around every year watching them together. And of course wishing we were there.

But it was always so interesting to see all of Oprah's favorites every year. I always thought about it as  a little insight into her personal life. I thought it would be fun to tell you all all my favorites as a way for you to get to know me better!


Nail Polish Color: Essie's Fiesta is always my go to!
Summer Activity: A day spent on the lake tubing and wake surfing!
Face Moisturizer: Obsessed with this Kiehl's moisturizer right now!
Sunglasses: I've had these for years now and couldn't imagine a more perfect pair!
Chapstick: I think I have a Aquaphor chapstick in every purse...
Shoes: Probably these flats! They're so comfy and versatile! 
Sports Team: Michigan Wolverine fan to the bone! GO BLUE!
Fast Food Restaurant: Chick-fil-a, duh
Netflix Favorites: Either Gilmore Girls or How I Met Your Mother! See some of my other favorites here!
Animal: Probably a flamingo because they're pink :) 
Song: Not sure if I could ever pick one! But this one is definitely up there!
Magazine: Vogue
Clothing Brand: Toss up between Kate Spade and Lilly Pulitzer
Type of Food: Italian 
Pandora Station: Depends on the mood, I love 2000s Pop and Country Love Songs!
Social Media Platform: INSTAGRAM.
App: Ellen's Head's Up or Time Hop or Pinterest :)
Season: Spring
Artist: Taylor Swift
Breakfast food: Monkey Bread

Now, unfortunately I’m not going to be giving away free cars or vacations in this post but I still thinks it’s fun to read about what everyone favorites are! I want to get to know my readers better too! In the comments tell me your favorite:

Ice Cream Flavor:
Read:
T.V. Series:
Movie:
Nail Polish Color:
Summer Activity:

I can't wait to hear what your favorites are!

Au Revoir!

Remember,

S


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