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Back to School Wishlist

Back to School Wishlist

Everyone always talks about how much they loveeeee back to school season.

I mean the new pens and pencils are great, don’t get me wrong, but the smell of fresh ink does not make up for the smell of sweet freedom that is stripped away when school is back in session.

The excitement of those new notebooks only lasts so long, and I can promise you when I’m using that notebook to take endless pages of lecture notes, that fresh, untouched, lined paper is suddenly a little less exciting.

For me, back to school season always meant the return of stress. School = homework and homework = quizzes and quizzes = tests and tests = stress. Summer has always been the one time where I don’t have to worry about grades and professors. I typically spend my summers working on things I love and projects I’m passionate about. The school year always becomes so busy and I’m typically forced to set aside those projects until the next summer to make way for not so exciting papers and power points.

While back to school is not exactly my favorite season in the world, I do love any excuse to add a few new pieces to my wardrobe and justify that it’s absolutely necessary for this upcoming school year.  All these things I currently have my eye on and am seriously debating purchasing one or two before I jet off to Italy. 
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What do you think the best purchase would be? I'm really loving that sweater...

Remember,

xoxo

Shannon


Saturyay!

Saturyay!

I got back on Wednesday from spending a few days at Furman. It was so much harder to say bye to all my friends than I ever thought it was going to be. I drove off campus with tears in my eyes because I realized how many great people I am going to miss this upcoming semester.

On the plus side, this means that I’m getting closer to leaving! I leave in just over 2 weeks and I’m getting super excited! I haven’t started packing yet but I can already predict that it’s going to be quite the task. Spending the summer in Europe has really calmed my nerves and I feel like I know exactly what to expect so now I’m just ready to go.

If you have any advice on how to fit an entire semester in 2 suitcases I’ll gladly take the advice.


Kristen Stewart playing Coco Chanel in upcoming film.

Watch a professional bridesmaid find her perfect match!

September issues are out! Which ones have you picked up? 

List of the preppiest school! Furman made the list! 

The new bachelor has been announced! 

I wore an older Lilly dress to a concert last night and it was such a great dance dress! (Similar silhouette

David Yurman making cotton candy smelling jewelry...

Have a great weekend everyone!

Remember,

xoxo

Shannon




Dear Class of 2019,

Dear Class of 2019,

I was able to make it to Furman for a few days (hence the lack of posts) before I leave for Italy for the entire semester. It’s was so much fun to see so many friends and spend some time with them before their classes begin. I helped my friends move into their apt. and I even brought a few of my things to add since I’ll be living there in the spring. I drove down last Thursday and then got home late yesterday night.

Chillin' in the new apt!

I had such a wonderful week spending so much quality time with so many great friends.  I wasn’t ready to come home and leave the campus I love so much. I had a few random things to take care of at Furman, but other than that I spent most of the time hanging out in our new apartment (that I’ll live in in the Spring when I come back) and trying to visit everyone before I leave for the semester.


The welcome back carnival with my sweet little! 

It’s kind of surreal to call myself a junior now. I helped with freshman move in last Friday and it was so weird to think that I moved into my first dorm 2 years ago.  As I helped unload all of their belongings out of their cars ( and uhauls?!?!) and carry them up multiple flights of stairs, I found myself wishing I could be in their shoes again. There are so many fun and exciting times in their future and I’m not sure they realize how precious these first few days are until you’re a junior like me and halfway through your college career.

Celebrating the last day of summer with a hike!

There are so many things I wish I could tell them so I figured I would write those freshman a letter just as I did for the freshman in high school.



Dear class of 2019,

First let me tell you how jealous I am of you. You have so many great memories that are waiting to be made and so many opportunities in front of you. As I carried in all your heavy boxes of clothes, shoes, and random decorations, I thought about how special this time is (whether you may recognize it or not). You get to decide in the next few months what your college career is going to be like and what kind of person you will be. You’re all starting in the same place and not being nervous, wouldn’t be normal.

You should know that there is so much adventure waiting for you in the next four years. You will have some crazy memories and sometimes your favorite moments will take place at 2 o’clock in the morning sitting on your dorm floor with your best friends. Despite what your mother has always told you, some good things do happen after midnight.

You should know that saying bye to your parents is not going to be easy and you might miss them a lot but take my word and know that it will get easier with time.

You should know that sometimes the first semester can be the hardest. You are suddenly in a whole new place, with all new people, living in a tiny dorm room, and taking classes that are harder than you’ve ever taken before. It’s going to be an adjustment. And homesickness strikes easily when you’re stressed. The cure is to fully embrace this new life, and get as involved as possible.

You should know that your life is not going to be over if you don’t make straight A’s. Period.

You should know that it’s perfectly normal not to have any clue what you want to do when you come to college. Don’t panic. Through classes, inspiring professors, and new experiences, you will slowly figure out what interests you the most and what you’re passionate about.

You should know to take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way. Is there an internship that sounds amazing but you don’t think you could ever get it? GO FOR IT. You never will know if you don’t at least try. There are so many amazing opportunities that are thrown at you during this time and you should take advantage of every single one of them.

You should know that this time will go by faster than you could ever imagine. You are only a freshman once and before you know it, you will be in my shoes, a now college junior, moving new freshman into their dorms. Make more memories than you could ever remember, take so many pictures your phone can’t hold anymore, and always say yes to cookout runs at 1 o’clock in the morning. Because everyone always needs a study break right?


Good luck to the class of 2019. Conquer the world.

Remember,

xoxo

Shannon


Paris: The Places You Won't Find in a Guidebook (My Favorites Places)

Paris: The Places You Won't Find in a Guidebook (My Favorites Places)

I’m finally getting around to writing this post.



If you’ve been following my blog you know that I spent the summer doing an internship in Paris! It was definitely a dream come true, but also a little scary because I was basically moving to a foreign city (where I don’t know the language) all by myself.

I was overwhelmed with excitement to see what these 2 months of adventure would hold for me and to have the opportunity of a lifetime working at Condé Nast. Although my Instagram may have looked like it was all fun and games for 2 months, it was so much more than that.

I was living in a small dorm room and I worked 40+ hours a week. While the city is amazing and I wish I could have explored a different part every day after work, the reality was was that I was so tired by the end of the work day that most times I would take the 3 metros back to my dorm and workout, make dinner, and hit the hay.  It was hard at times. I called my mom crying one of the first nights there after a really bad day unsure if I was going to be able to do this all by myself. It was lonely at times, but looking back I know I grew and learned so much about myself and proved that not only can I succeed at an internship at a large (read: intimidating) company, I can do it in a foreign country thousands of miles away from all my family.

I was lucky to have so many visitors (my dad, my mom, my college roommate, 2 sorority sisters, and some childhood friends!) when I was there so I was busy most every weekend doing something different throughout the city. I also flew to visit some family friends in Germany where I used to live!

One of the best things I did was make a list of all the places I had to visit before I left. I did extensive research and scoured Pinterest to find the coolest places. I was there for 2 full months so by the end I felt like a local and I stumbled upon or was told about some of the places that didn’t show up in my research.

Since Paris is such a popular travel destination I thought I would do a little reflection and share all my favorite spots so you could bookmark this post in case you are going to Paris in the near future!



Au Vieux Paris | This is an adorable ivy covered café on a small cobblestone side street steps away from the Notre Dame. I didn’t get a chance to eat here but occasionally I would walk by it just to stare at it’s beauty.  There are also picture perfect purple tables outside and it's right next door to a picturesque cupcake café. If you are at Notre Dame, I highly suggest at least strolling past this cute little Parisian café.


Vélib’ Bikes | Okay so this isn’t exactly a place but these are so much fun. They’re public bikes and they have pickup/drop off stations all over the city. Literally you’ll probably see 10 just on your first day. They are the same price as a metro ticket but the difference is is that you can keep it all day and then turn it back into other stations near you. My dad and I were on our way to the Eiffel tower one night and did not feeling like walking. We decided to give them a try and I’m so glad we did. It gives you such a cool view of the city and they are so easy. Just be careful! My favorite is biking along the Seine and stopping for a picnic dinner!



La Maison Rose | Basically all you need to know is that it’s a pink and green café. Any preppy girl’s dream right? It’s located in the heart of the Montemarte. We ate outside and it was so much fun to people watch!


Top of the Arc | The first thing people think of when they think of Paris? The Eiffel Tower.  So of course one of things every single tourist wants to do is go to the top for the spectacular view of the city. But here’s a little insider tip, skip the 3 hour long lines and use that time exploring the city. Then head to the top of the Arc de Triomphe where the line is not usually longer than 15-20 minutes for an even better view. Most people don’t know this so it’s never at busy as the Eiffel Tower and the best part is you have a view of the Eiffel tower which is so cool.

Warning: you do have to climb stairs up to the top


Street by Eiffel Tower | Want a cool side street to take pictures on with the Eiffel tower in the background? There's also a few cafes on this street with a perfect view!



La Droguerie | Just the cutest yummiest (is that a word) crêpe place ever. Located in the heart of Le Marais (an adorable shopping district in Paris). Definitely a must if you are in the area. I was known for heading here after long work days to get a dessert crêpe instead of dinner.



Tuileries Garden | Every Parisian has their own favorite garden in the city. Mine? The Tuileries. It’s located right in front of the Louvre and just spectacular. In the summer they have a giant fair on the side and if you ride the Ferris wheel or swings you have a view of the entire city!  In the garden they have super comfortable chairs to lounge by the fountains and some really cute cafes in the heart of the garden! They took my breath away every time I visited. My tip, get breakfast at a close by café and lounge in those comfy chairs I mentioned and enjoy the view!


Stairs across from Musee d'Orsay | So I’m not exactly sure if these stairs have a name but they are located right across from the Musee d'Orsay museum and right on the Seine. Literally most perfect place for a picnic along the Seine. It’s not known by too many tourists so it’s usually filled with locals!


Pink Flamingo Pizza | You may have seen my Instagram about this super cool place. My roommate actually knew about it so when she was visiting we decided to try it out. They have multiple locations in the city but the best one sits right along the canal. You order your pizza, they give you a pink balloon, head to the banks of the canal, and then they deliver your pizza to you via pink bikes in a pink pizza box. You can’t tell me that’s not the coolest thing ever.



Printemps | One of the best department store in the city! A really cool secret about it? They have a café located on the roof and you have a really amazing view of the city and the Eiffel Tower! Just make sure not to go 30 minutes before they close because they’re known to be on their own schedule and close early.  I would suggest breakfast as it’s never too busy!



Galleries Lafayette | I swear it’s any girls heaven. I think I was drooling the entire time I was in there. I can't even explain how cool this place is. Think of every designer you’ve ever loved and put it in all in a gorgeous French department store and that’s what this is. This place is a MUST.



See my favorite places in Italy by city here

What are your favorite places in Paris?


Remember,

xoxox

Shannon