Monday, April 24, 2017

New J. Crew Arrivals!

Is anyone else drooling over the new J. Crew arrivals?! They killed the Spring collection. My "after graduation fund" suddenly plummeted after scrolling through all their new stuff...whoops.

So much pink, so much navy, so many bows, so many stripes! What more could a girl ask for?!?!

 I added a ton items to my cart and had to pair down my picks because there was so much I had my eye one. I ordered a few new items but I'm dying to pop into a store to see all of it in person. As I'm typing I actually got the email that my package from J. Crew arrived (EKKK!!) and I can guarantee I'm going to trek through this heavy rain sometime today to pick it up. Also, if you order today you can get 30% off with code "BIGSALE."

P.S. Lilly's new summer collection was also released today and it's prettyyyy cute (this top!!)!

one // two // three // four // five // six // seven // eight // nine




Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Graduation Dresses

The big day is only 17 days away. I cannot believe that I will cross that stage in a little over 2 weeks with my degree in hand! Until then, I still have 3 finals and a few papers to conquer. The senioritis is hitting hard so I know it will be a challenge to stay focused these last few weeks. 

Our graduation gowns are black and there is no specific color you have to wear so most girls wear a casual, but nice dress. I haven't decided if I'm going to wear wedges or flats (I'm scared of tripping on stage!) but being so short (5'1) I'm leaning more towards wedges (I'm thinking these or these!). 

I haven't figured out exactly what dress I'm going to wear yet so I rounded up a few that I have my eye on! Help me decide!

Help me decide what I should wear!




Monday, April 17, 2017

Savannah Bound!


Pop the champagne and cue the confetti, because beginning in the fall I will be attending The Savannah College of Art & Design for graduate school and will be pursuing a masters of art in Fashion and Luxury Managment! I couldn't be more excited for this new phase starting in September!

It's funny how plans change and your future doesn't always turn out how you would expect. Looking back to my freshman and sophomore year I was dead set on graduating and catching a flight straight up to New York City and never looking back. I never even considered graduate school until my junior year when I started to seriously think about after graduation plans. 

I've always thought about getting my masters, but I figured I'd put it off until a few years after graduation and after obtaining some real world experience. But after doing four internships in related fields but different responsibilities I feel confident about what I want to do long term. I'm excited to gain more knowledge about the fashion industry and hopefully pair it with my communications major down the road.

shorts // shirt (similar) // earrings

My first time visiting Savannah last summer I fell in love with the quaint city. I love the south and feel most like myself when the people are friendly and the tea is sweet. Savannah felt like a smaller Charleston (and everyone knows my love for Charleston). 

Everyone is so friendly and I love how walkable the city is. My mom and I went down last week right before Easter to tour some apartments and it made me even more excited! I'm planning on living right downtown within walking distance of where my classes will be. I think I'll be asking for a bike for graduation!

I can't wait to be down there full time and get the chance to explore my new city. My program is only about a year so I want to take advantage of all the time I have there. I'm excited to decorate an apartment and have a place to call my own! I'll be sure to share lots of new apartment posts!

If anyone has any Savannah recommendations bring them on! I don't know much about the city and I'm ready to get to know it!




Friday, April 14, 2017


This is a great Friday because I'm writing this from home! We have a long weekend for Easter so I headed home yesterday to spend Easter with my family. 

It was only a 4 day week and luckily I didn't have too much schoolwork so it was a pretty relaxed week. One of our student organizations put on a big Easter egg hunt in our campus' main quad area and it was a blast!! Although we didn't win anything, it was still fun to feel like a kid again and get excited over something silly. Some people got really into it which was pretty amusing. 

Our Chick-fil-a is being renovated and I wish they would have done this!

I loved this fun little Gilmore Girls article because everyone knows my obsession with Gilmore Girls.

This little story is crazy!

Steel Magnolias is one of my favorite movies, anyone else?

Shop the Shop Bop sale, today is the last day!!

Love love love this top

Enjoy your Easter weekend!




Tuesday, April 11, 2017

On My Wishlist

I have about 25 tabs (I wish I was exaggerating) open right now with things I have my eye on. So much good spring stuff!!! It doesn't help that Spring and Summer are my favorite seasons either. I need to find a way to control myself. 

We have a short week this week and I'm headed home tomorrow for an extended weekend for Easter! It will be nice to have some time at home to relax, see my family, and if I'm lucky convince my parents to maybe accompany me to the mall. ;) 

one // two // three // four // five // six // seven // eight

Looking for options that won't break the bank? 




Monday, April 10, 2017

Pi Kapp Formal 2017

Charleston really is always a good idea.

There has never been a time I've visited this charming southern little city and not fallen more in love. The colorful houses, carriage rides around every corner, and let's not forget the shopping make it an unstoppable trifecta. 

Emory's formal has been there for the past 4 years and I've been so lucky that I've gotten to be his date every year. It was bittersweet knowing this would be our last formal in Charleston, but despite the mixed emotions it was impossible not to enjoy every second there.

We headed out in the early afternoon on Friday to make it down just in time to check into the hotel, change, and make it downtown for dinner. We did a little research this time and picked a restaurant that kept coming on our recommendation lists! We ate at Hominy which was a perfect southern meal with a great atmosphere (highly suggest) and then met up with my brother who is a freshman at College of Charleston for dessert and a walk down King St! It was so nice to be able to spend some time with my brother in our short trip since the next time I'll see him is GRADUATION (WHAT?!). 

Emory and I have always joked about how fun it would be to ride a tandem bike. I love bike rides (especially when you're in a picturesque city like Charleston) and thought it would be funny if I could find a way to rent a tandem bike for us to ride around the city! I did a little research and ended up renting us a tandem (which was surprisingly really affordable!) for 2 hours on Saturday morning. 

It was a blast.

It was the perfect way to explore the little houses down the one-way streets and made it convenient since I wanted to stop at just about every house to take a picture of it.#GodBlessEmory. We rode all the way down King St., past rainbow row, and through Battery Park! We were mad that we hadn't thought to do this in years past, because it was so much fun. Everyone kept pointing to us and saying how they wanted to rent one too!

Probably the highlight of our trip, lol!

After our bike ride adventure, we met up with my brother once again for lunch and then headed out to do some much-anticipated shopping on King St. I could have wandered up and down that little street for hours. 

The new Skinny Dip Store in Charleston!

Eventually, we headed back to the hotel to get ready and change for formal. I wore this dress with these shoes! I just ordered the wedges and I was nervous about the comfort level but I've decided that they're probably one of my most comfortable pair of wedges I own! Plus I love how you can tie them in a bow :) And the best part? They're under $100! I suggest sizing down a whole size as I had to order a smaller size. 

Dress (under $100!) // Shoes  (Here and Here) // Earrings 

We, unfortunately, had to get up and leave early Sunday as I had to be back for our tridelta senior ceremony that afternoon (which was very bittersweet too!). With the semester winding down very fast I'm trying to enjoy every last second I have enjoying friends before we all head off to different states (and even continents!). Big changes are happening and I can only pray I'm ready to take on a new challenge!




Friday, April 7, 2017

FriYAY + Where I'm Headed This Weekend!

It's Friday and I  finally feel like I can take a deep breath and get ready and enjoy the weekend. It's been a crazy week with lot of projects, papers, homework and concluded with a large French test this morning. It was a week of little sleep and lots of time spent in the library studying. But, on the plus side looking ahead I feel like that was one of my last hard weeks before finals! So hopefully from here on out I'll be able to focus on spending some quality time with friends and enjoy my last few weeks on campus.

We're hitting the road this afternoon to go to Emory's formal in Charleston (see my tips for coolers here!). We'll spend the afternoon in Charleston and then all day Saturday. We unfortunately have to head back early on Sunday to get back to campus for a tri delt ritual I have and to ensure we have some time to do homework. Emory's formal weekend is always one of my favorite weekends during the Spring semester so I'm really looking forward to it (see a video from his formal 2 years ago!). Make sure you're following along on insta to see lots of snaps.

Graduation is in exactly a month from yesterday. It's getting all too real as we're getting constant emails about graduation and the senior events that we've all looked forward to all year are finally here! This week I took a small break from the library and we had our senior wine tasting. It was so much fun and nice to sit down with great friends. I made some big decisions this week about next year, so be on the lookout for a big announcement in the next few weeks. I'm super excited about the adventure that waits ahead!

Now for what's on my radar...

These Warby Parker employees are starting a new venture! 

THIS IS SO COOL. Why didn't I think of this idea?!

Ordered this shirt this week!

These look great for summer! 

This cutie lives right near my house in Raleigh!

So much adorable (and affordable seercuker!): This dress, this dress, and this shirt.

Have my eye on this pair of shorts.




Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Spring Formal

When you go to up to 8 sorority and fraternity functions and formals a year they honestly can start to blend together. So many themes, so many venues, and so much dancing. But I had tridelt's formal this past weekend and as excited as I was for it, there was another part of me that didn't want it to come knowing it would be my last tridelt function. Although all the functions and formals can blur together in your memory, this one really stood out. We all had so much fun. 

It was in a great location about 20 minutes down the road from Furman situated in a valley with a beautiful mountain view which made for some great photo opportunities. We got there about 45 minutes before dinner so we would have a chance to take pictures (not to mention we had the best weather ever) and then headed inside to eat dinner.

Between dinner and dancing the room needed to be transformed a bit so there would be enough room to dance so although there was lots of room to hang out everyone crammed into the bar area to watch the last few minutes of the SC vs. Gonzaga basketball game! Although it ended not how I had hoped,  it was still fun to watch it with everyone. We also did senior superlatives during this time which had everyone cracking up. We customized them together for each other and I proudly got "most likely to get married in Lilly on rainbow row." #notcomplaining

We had our favorite band and spent the rest of the night twirling and singing our hearts out. I think I could have kept dancing for another 2 hours we were all having so much fun. 

I wore this pink Tuckernuck dress (under $100!), with these fun earrings, and my favorite wedges! The wedges and earrings quickly came off once the dancing began, but they looked good for the pictures at least.

Although that was my last tridelt formal, I'm excited because I still have Emory's formal this upcoming weekend in Charleston! After that I think I'll slide into a depression not having any more formals to look forward to. I guess one of my friends will just have to get married soon...kidding...kinda!!




Monday, April 3, 2017

Evelyn Henson's New Art!

I remember first discovering Evelyn's art way back when and being totally obsessed with her bright colors and cheerful sayings. When I discovered she was a Furman grad, the obsession grew and not much has changed!

Although I'm a comm major, I've spent many hours in the art department taking numerous graphic design classes and it has become a passion of mine. It's so much fun seeing all the projects going on inside the building and getting a chance to let your creative side go wild. Seeing all the art work hanging in every corner always makes me long for the day I have a steady income to buy art and an apartment or house of my own to display it. One day, one day.

Until then, my dorm room gallery walls hung with command strips will have to do. I've had Evelyn's art hung in every dorm room I've lived in here in college and it adds so much color to the drab white walls. She is celebrating today as she launches her new Spring collection. Every print is absolutely adorable (and not to mention affordable) and would be perfect if you need to add some whim in any room. I get so many compliments on my prints and there's no doubt that I'm going to continue to grow my Evelyn Henson collection.

Take a look at her new Spring Collection!

Not to mention, Evelyn also has mugs, greeting cards, phone cases, and notebooks! I'll take one of every thing please! The mugs and phone cases in my opinion make great gifts. There are so many to choose from and I'm personally a big fan of the map mugs!

You can spot her artwork in my sophomore year room on my desk, on my phone, and in my room this year!




Friday, March 31, 2017

FriYAY + National Stripes Day!

Happy National Stripes Day! 

I think stripes is the most common pattern in my wardrobe and typically they are navy and white. It's an obsession really and I'm currently working on expanding my color palette. 

This week felt like a week long celebration! My good friend had her birthday on Tuesday and then my roommate's birthday was on Wednesday! This weekend the celebration continues as we have formal Saturday night and then another good friend's birthday on Sunday. LOTS of birthdays this time of year!

I also came to the terrifying realization this week that this past week was my last full week of school as an undergrad. CRAZY. Next week we have a school wide holiday on Tuesday as a day dedicated to everyone presenting their research, the following 2 weeks easter cuts into, and then we get into exams. Where did Spring semester go?!

Stay tuned on Instagram this weekend to see peeks into my formal and what I'm wearing!

Seriously considering ordering this pair of wedges and this pair of espadrilles for summer. 

Any other Fixer Upper fans out there? See a sneak peek of their new spinoff, Behind the Design!

Furman doesn't have sorority houses but we can live on our chapter's halls sophomore year. But these houses are really making me wish we had a house!

I found this old Vogue mini-series fascinating!

Sail to Sable's Spring line has arrived and it is adorable. 

I ordered a few things (this top, this top, and this dress) off of SheIn this week and am excited to try them!

These adorable blush sandals are under $25!

In honor of National Stripes Day, shop all stripes here.




Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Tips For Making A Fraternity Cooler

Tis the season for fraternity formals...and you know what that means...


Mistakenly, I was excited about making my first cooler freshman year. What innocent little 18-year-old Shannon didn't know was just how time-consuming they really are. 

I've gone with Emory to his formal in Charleston since freshman year! I made one for him our freshman and sophomore year, but decided that 2 was enough (I mean seriously what is any boy going to do with 4 coolers?!) so I didn't make one last year or this year. Emory didn't want me to have to worry about making another two when they take up so much time and he already had two that he liked!

I went into the whole process freshman year blind, completely clueless about where to start. I am far from an artistic person, so I was really intimidated when I scrolled through Pinterest searching for ideas. After making two and helping friends make endless amounts of coolers, I have learned some useful tips and tricks that I hopefully make the whole process less scary. 

1. Buy A Rolling Cooler

From my experience it's so much more convenient to have a cooler on wheels. The coolers that don't have handles may have better painting space, but when it's filled with ice and drinks no one wants to have to treck it from the car to the beach. 

2. Do Design Research

My research mostly consisted of searching through Pinterest. I suggest making a secret board that you can pin any coolers/ graphics you see that you think you might want to incorporate in your design. Most of my ideas came from other coolers so it was helpful to see so many examples. Once I thought I had enough inspiration I planned out what I wanted on the 4 sides and top and wrote/ drew it out. 

3. Sand Your Cooler

I sanded my cooler with a small handheld sander just to make all the sides smooth and easier to paint. Sand each side until it's smooth and then wipe each side off with a wet paper towel or washcloth. 

Note: I decided not to spackle my cooler. Many girls will fill in the little logos and dips in the cooler so it's a smooth surface to paint. I decided not to and just paint over them instead (ex. you can still see the igloo logo on the side of the top cooler of the picture). 

4. Use Sharpies

Sharpies are your best friend. For almost all the small details, outlines, and text I used Sharpie. It so much easier to use than paint and it make the designs sharp and clean. I found that it also applies really well over the acrylic paint!

5. Don't Be Afraid to Trace

Instead of using tracing paper I would frequently cut the picture or shape I wanted out, cut it out, and then traced it onto the cooler with pencil. I did use tracing paper in a few situations but I found that cutting the shape out was easier. 

6. Don't Feel Like You Have To Pain Every Inch

I decided not to paint the whole sides of the coolers and instead used the white strip that goes around the cooler to write a fun song lyric. It was less painting, wrapped all the way around the cooler, and added a little personal touch!

7. Use Connectors

To avoid an ugly line where your two side meet on both coolers I painted different things between the sides so you coudln't see the seam. On one cooler I did golf balls and bow ties and on my other I used whales!

7. Use Mod Podge and Sealant

Before I used the spray sealant, I mod podged the whole thing with a huge paint brush. I did this for my second cooler and it held up so much better than the first one I made when I just used the spray sealant. Make sure you let the spray dry for at least 12 hours to make sure it's 100% dry. I applied multiple layers of sealant until my can was empty to protect the project ! I've seen girls make master pieces, not seal them, and they get destroyed in one weekend. 

I must also add as a disclaimer, that I have some very creative friends that helped contribute when I got frustrated! So thankful they turned out so great!!




Monday, March 27, 2017

Prom Dresses!

When I was studying abroad in Italy, I frequently tutored local high school students with their English. They often times just wanted to practice their conversation skills so I would just sit and chat with them. The girls always had tons of questions about what American high school was really like. They watch all the American movies and tv shows and had this idealistic, unrealistic idea of American high school. They asked me about Friday night football games, lockers, and the most talked about subject?


One group of girls told me it was their dream to attend an American prom. They asked me if people really took limos and had the most magical night of their lives. It was hard not to giggle because while prom is often times fun, it's typically far from the best night of your life. When I was in high school, I felt like there was always inevitable drama surrounding who was going in what group, who would ask who, more importantly how they were going to ask (will it be insta worthy?!), what time we should take pictures, where we should take pictures, and where we would eat dinner. SO MUCH TO ORGANIZE. 

Either way, Prom is a fun night and my favorite part was always getting dressed up. I typically always go with a short dress because standing at only 5'1 I feel like I get swallowed up in a long dress. Here were my favorite short dresses I found! 

1 // 2 // 3 
4 // 5 (buy or rent ) // 6
7 // 8 // 9
10 // 11 // 12

I personally feel as though you should wear whatever you are most comfortable in. My senior year I couldn't find any dresses that I really loved so instead I went with a Lilly dress that I knew I would be able to reuse for other special events down the line. I was comfortable in it and it felt very me. 

1 // 2 // 3 // 4 
5 // 6 // 7 // 8
  9 // 10 // 11 // 12

So many options! If you're hesitant about buying a dress ,I highly suggest renting a dress from Rent the Runway! They have so many options and it's so much more affordable than buying a whole new dress. You can also rent accessories from them if you choose!

If you're in college, I did a post last week about sorority/ fraternity dresses. At my school at least I feel like our formals are slightly less casual than prom. My formal is this Saturday (hint hint: the dress I'll be wearing was included in this roundup) and then Emory's formal in Charleston is the following weekend! 





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