Friday, November 21, 2014

TGIF, welcome to the weekend

Happy Friday, Y'all! These past few weeks have been so busy, but in such a good way. I am looking forward to Thanksgiving, but also looking forward to finally being done with class/finals and having a chance to relax. Here's a quick look into my week -

1. The Moot Court team I'm on had our first official meeting this week and I am so excited! I know, it sounds so ridiculous, but I was on the team last year and really enjoyed it and I'm so looking forward to the experience again. Plus, my teammate is one of my close friends, which is way better than being paired with a random person like I was last year. Do you think its harder or easier to work on a team with your friends? There are definitely pros and cons - i.e. making sure you actually work and not just play, but I think the pros deffffintely out weigh the cons!

2. If you are in law school you might understand, and if you're not, just think back to high school. There are so. many. cliques. We like to call them "friend groups," but lets be honest - when you get six or eight girls together, tensions rise and feelings get hurt. That being said, tonight we're having a girls night - no boys allowed! And I am so hopeful that some of the tensions we've all shared lately are going to work themselves out and be alleviated, at least to an extent. Plus, who wouldn't be looking forward to facials, manicures, and wine??

3. After today we only have two more days of classes left and that is really blowing my mind. Mostly making me anxious, but it is also so hard to believe that this semester is almost over. I still have SO much to do. I really need to follow my own advice of sticking to a study plan, because lately I have been way too lenient on myself. I also really need to work on getting everything on my to-do list actually done. This weekend is going to be my most efficient and effective yet, and honestly I don't really have a choice. But, luckily I'm not working again until after finals and with class being almost done I will have so much more "free" time to outline, study, and all of those fun things! If you have any motivation tips please send them my way, I am obviously in desperate need!

4. I just discovered this skirt (thanks for the email LOFT) and I think I'm in love. What do y'all think??

skirt (Loft)

5. I'm going to my first UK game of the season on Sunday and I cannot wait! In case y'all didn't see, UK destroyed Kansas, the #5 team in the country! I really enjoy football game for the tailgating, but its not my favorite sport to just watch. I LOVE basketball season and I am so excited it is finally underway! I'm hoping to see a great win on Sunday - Go Cats!

How has your week been?

Have a Great Weekend, Y'all!

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Wear-to-Work Wednesday

As it has gotten drastically colder here lately, I've (unfortunately) had to result to wearing pants to work more often than I would prefer. I don't think there is anything wrong with pants, but as I've expressed before, I would much rather wear a dress. However, I am starting to get a little tired of having to wear tights and boots every. single. day. because it is so cold! 

These are a few looks I really love to wear with pants. First is a simple cardigan and top paired with neutral pants. Cardigans are always a great option because you have the ability to take it off at any point in the day if your office tends to run hot. For that reason, I always make sure to wear an office appropriate shirt underneath, i.e. no camisoles. Pants also can give you the option of wearing flats or heels (or wedges) depending on the hem of the pant and what you are comfortable with. 
cardigan | top | flats | wedges | trousers

In addition to easily pairing a cardigan and top with pants, I also love the look of colored pants and a neutral(ish) sweater. These pants, although "colored", I think would still be office appropriate because they are still a darker, classic color.

sweater | trousers | heels  

How do you deal with colder temperatures when you have to still dress for the office? 

Have a Great Day, Y'all!
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Friday, November 14, 2014

TGIF, Gap favorites

Even though my "spending freeze" is over, I've still been trying not to go overboard with my shopping. But, I am a girl and I always want to shop so I thought I'd share some items that are high on my radar right now and see what y'all think.
Yes. All of these are from Gap. No, this is is not sponsored - I just really love Gap and I have some Gap Rewards $$$ burning a hole in my pocket right now, so I have been frequenting Gap's website a lot lately.
1. Shift Dress in "Port"
The color of this dress is about 95% of the reason why I think I love it so much. I am not big into wearing a lot of blacks and greys and other dark colors, but I felt like a dress in this color could slowly get me used to wearing some darker colors. 

2. Color Block Ponte Dress
I'm still not sure how I fee about the color block aspect of this dress because that style can be so hit and miss on how it looks, but I think this would be a great piece for the winter/fall and could easily be dresses up with heels and pearls. 

3. Fair Isle Sweater
I am obsessed with Fair Isle recently and I love this sweater. My only hesitation is that it looks like it fits kind of short and I generally prefer my sweaters to go a few inches past the top of my jeans, if I decide to get this I would definitely need to try it on first. 
sweater (and in green!)

4. Mock Neck Sweater
Last year I wanted so badly to find an over-sized sweater that I really loved and I never could. I ended up just buying an XL in a regular sweater (from Gap of course!) and that worked out pretty well. I think this sweater is exactly what I was looking for though, it looks soooo soft and comfortable with just enough texture to keep it from looking too sloppy. 

5. Fair Isle Scarf
This would be a great way to work in some fair isle without looking like I was trying too hard, right? I think my hardest decision here would be deciding what color to get? A solid would probably be easier to pair with other things, but the multi-colored one is SO festive and could pair well with neutrals. What do you think?

Of course I want all of these things right now! ha! What do y'all think? What have you had your eye on lately? 

Have a Great Weekend Y'all!

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Wear-to-Work Wednesday

A lot of people don't seem to like dressing up, but I LOVE it. Sometimes I wish I was going to be one of those wives that just had to go to a bunch of really fancy parties with her husband and got to wear really beautiful dresses all the time. Buttttt 'tis not the case, so here I am getting to "dress up" when I go to work, which is also just fine with me :) 

I just got a black dress similar to the one below and I've already worn it twice. I know everyone needs that LBD, but this is more of a work friendly LBD, rather than a hot date LBD - which this can also be as well. 
A black dress is also a really great way to get to wear all of your statement necklaces and colorful accessories. As someone who has a closet full of color, I generally struggle with finding new ways to wear my bright accessories, but having a couple of neutral dresses really helps me out in that respect. 

While I do really like dressing up, I also like to be comfortable sitting at a desk all (most of) the day. I've already talked about my love of "shirt dresses" here, but when you throw flannel into the mix, it is a game changer. Just make sure that if you choose to go that route you find a dress similar to the one below that still has some structure and detailing that makes it clear it isn't just a fashionable sleep-shirt. Plus, the flannel can give you some warmth without being too hot during some of those warmer southern fall days. 

What are some of your favorite things to wear to work and still stay comfortable? 

Have a Great Day, Y'all!

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Monday, November 10, 2014

6 Basic Steps to Outlining

First let me say, there is nothing "basic" or "easy" about outlining. However, I frequently get to the point in the semester where I know I need to start outlining, but I just don't know where to start. Despite having done this many, many times, the amount of information that I have obtained over the semester is always overwhelming. These steps make it easy for me to step back and get an idea of what I really need to do so that I can effectively outline and not get overwhelmed in the process. 

1. Gather Your Notes

This may seem fairly obvious, and it should, but it is still something that you need to actively do. Generally this is the easiest step, but keep in mind any day that you skipped missed class and need to either ask someone for notes or find the email where they sent them to you. And it some cases, if you have a mixture of hand-notes and typed-notes you want to make sure they are all in one place. Personally I prefer to print out all of my notes because it is easier for me to go through them, as well as not having to go back and forth between screens when I'm making my outline. But, if you have two screens and/or staring at a computer doesn't bother you, that may be unnecessary.

2. Get Organized 

In addition to needing your notes to start your outlining, you are likely going to want the textbook, professor handouts, and any other supplement for the class. Now is a good time to gather everything you are going to need for every class that you intend to outline. It's much more fluid to go from working on one outline to another if you aren't having to stop and look for things all the time. As an overall organization tactic, it might be a good time for you to also make a study plan. Since you have all of your notes, books, and supplements gathered you probably will have a good idea of just how much time you want to spend on each outline and which ones you just want to get out of the way first.

3. Make a Skeleton Outline 

I generally prefer to go to the Table of Contents in the front of the textbook and use that as a skeleton or template for my outline. Occasionally there are other ways that I organize my outline, especially in a class where the professor tends to jump around from section to section in the book. For instance, our Con Law professor set out "Themes of Constitutional Law" at the beginning of the semester, so in that case I let that be my guide. Generally though, I tend to use the Table of Contents as a starting point. Even if I end up rearranging the information here and there, it is a good place to start when you don't know where to start. If you compared the picture below to the Table of Contents of my book, they would look almost identical. 

4. Go Through Your Notes and Highlight Important Information

After I've gathered all of my notes and made the Skeleton outline, then I go through all of my notes and highlight what comes across as important to me. This can be based on the emphasis you remember the professor putting on this certain topic in class, it can be a rule or something that is clearly important, or in a code class like Negotiable Instruments or Contracts it would be a provision of the UCC. Occasionally I will also highlight different things in different colors so I know how to treat them. For instance with our Con Law professor cases were very important, so I always made sure to highlight the case names as I was going through my notes the first time as a guide for what I needed to come back to.

5. Fill in Your Template with Substantive Information

After Step 4, this should be relatively easy, though very tedious. It can also be a difficult task if your professor doesn't tend to go "with the book" in his or her lectures. To that I would say, do the best you can and fill things in where they seem to fit. That is the best part about having a skeleton outline already complete, if something in your notes doesn't seem to match what's around it, look for somewhere else in the outline that it fits and makes sense.

6. Finalize and Format

Congratulations! You are almost done! This step can occasionally become the "if I have time" step, however, if you have at least a few days before the exam and you have completed the outline with information to your liking, I would strongly suggest taking a few minutes and formatting the outline so it is easier to read and follow along. Aside from bullets and numbering I don't like to do a lot of formatting as I go because if I don't want it to apply to the entire document occasionally I struggle with it trying to do just that. But, if you do it all at the end, it's a lot easier to pick and choose which sections you want to have bigger font, underline, etc. The exception is, if I want to make cases, rules, or something of the sort stand out, I do tend to put those in bold as I go because it's harder to catch them just by going back through.
For those of you that never really finish your outline, you can still spend a few minutes to do some formatting to make it easier when you are studying. A few of my friends always use their outlines as a "work in progress" and are never really finished. I, on the other hand, like to be completely finished and print mine, knowing that there may be somethings I would have added or taken out, but keeping in mind those things can always be written in or crossed out.   {Obviously I should have spell checked the document below before posting it on here, another key final step.}

I hope these steps have been helpful to you, I find it so much easier to start outlining if I just know where or how to start. What are some of the things you do when you are outlining to make it "easier" for you? 

Have a Great Day, y'all! 

Friday, November 7, 2014

TGIF, oh hey November

I seriously can't believe we are already one full week into November!

1. Study Schedule

After coming to realization that exams are coming up verrrry soon, I finally sat down and planned out how and what I am going to be studying for the next few weeks. If you are anything of a planner like I am, this can be so beneficial to have it all spelled out in front of you and can really keep you on track. The caveat being, for me at least, when I have something planned out specifically and it doesn't happen I tend to have a (usually) minor panic attack. So - plan some free time and allow for breaks, if you've planned to have a drink then you have to, right?

for some Planning Tips check out this post 

2. This Week is Over

I know I always say it's been a long week, but this has seriously been one of the worst weeks to date. It has finally set in that exams are less than a month away and that brings on its own level of stress. In addition to that, there has been major(ish) drama with the Moot Court Board at school so that was just one more thing to deal with. Luckily that has been resolved, but it was just one more thing, major or minor, that I didn't have time to deal with. Plus I got in a kind of fight with the boyfriend on Sunday night and there is still some lingering tension from that. So when I say Thank God its Friday, I really truly mean it!

3. Running

I am not "a runner" and I'm not sure I ever will be. Running is so hard for me, but I've been really working to build up to certain times/distances that I can do relatively comfortably. This week I ran for 55 minutes. That was a huge accomplishment for a girl who quivered at the thought of having to run for more than 5 minutes this summer - literally. So, I do not want to be one of those people that talks about running all the time because a. it's annoying, and b. I'm not good enough to be annoying. But I just wanted y'all to know, 55 minutes, anything is possible.

4. MY Jacket 

Well L.L. Bean finally had another 10% off sale, which is about the most they ever do, so I finally decided to buy this jacket that I have been eyeing for quite some time now. I am SO excited for it to come in and I will be sure to let you all know if it lives up to the lofty expectations I have of it in my head!

5. Weather 

The weather here has been out. of. control. It goes from 70 to 35 in the blink of an eye and I am not loving it. Luckily it seems to finally be stabilizing, unfortunately that means it is becoming consistently cold. While I prefer sunshine and warmth over the cold any day, I am glad that I can finally pick out my outfit for the day or week and not have to wonder what kind of temperature change I might have to deal with. Plus, I can wear scarves pretty much every day now and not look ridiculous. For the record - I refuse to acknowledge that "summer scarves" are a thing.

How has your week been?

Have a Great Weekend, Y'all!

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

5 Tips for Preparing a Successful Study Plan

As a 3L, I have already been through FOUR rounds of Law School finals, in addition to undergraduate and graduate school finals. I would not say I am an expert by any stretch of the imagination, but I have had a lot of experience determining what works and what doesn't. One of the biggest things I've learned is that preparing to study can be just as important as studying itself. When I prepare a study plan I tend to be more effective in my studying and outlining and waste less time trying to decide what I want to work on next. 

1. Make a Master To-Do List
This is what I have found to be the best way to really get started when you don't know where to start. The goal in the end is to have a few weeks planned out, but you need to know what tasks you plan to complete. Sometimes I find myself wanted to write everything down, but that is not what the purpose is here. I tend to only write down "big-ticket" items, i.e. Decedents' Outline, Negotaibles Outline, Take Home Exam, etc. There are other things that might make it on to my daily to-do list, that don't necessarily need to be spelled out here, for example, "print notes," "print slides," "email professors," you get the point. Write down things that need to be done, not things you need to do. You can see that I included registration, which might be considered as something you don't need to include, but in the chaos of everything going on right now it is definitely not something I can afford to forget to do!

2. Take into Account Pre-Existing Obligations
When you start trying to figure out when you are going to have time to work on each task, don't forget about any pre-existing obligations. The first thing I do after I've printed out my weekly calendar is to fill in work, class, and other meetings. This lets me see how much "free" time I actually have and also ensures that I don't plan to work on something if I'm already obligated to be somewhere else. If you make your own template, it is easy to go ahead and fill in any thing you already have scheduled that takes place on a weekly basis so that you are not having to constantly write it in. As much as I love to have this plan, it can be annoying to write "work" 18 times in each week's plan. Obviously, as you will see on the "final" product at the end, it took me one week's planning to realize this.

3. Be Realistic with Yourself
Being realistic with yourself and your plan is essential. If you aren't realistic about what you think you can accomplish on a daily basis you are setting yourself up for failure. Not trying to be harsh, but this is true. It is a tough place to be when you have scheduled 12 hours of straight work and 6 hours in you are ready to pull your eyeballs out. Trust me, we've all been there, but there is a balance between overestimating and underestimating yourself. Some people might think, set the bar low so that you always meet your goal. In some cases that might work fine for you, but depending on how much work you have do get done, if you set the bar too low, that is only schedule 6 hours of any kind of activity for the day, you literally won't have time to get it done. For instance, I schedule every hour from 8 am until 10 pm, but I know that if I were actually trying to engage in something for every single one of those I would go crazy, which is why I let myself have an entire hour (or 2) for dinner, laundry etc. Which brings me to my next tip - schedule breaks.

4. Schedule Breaks
If you are going to insist on scheduling every hour of the day (which there is no shame in because it's what I do!), make sure you schedule yourself a couple of breaks. Whether that break is to watch some Netflix, grab something to eat, or call a friend, just make sure you do it. I have found that I am much more productive and efficient in my studying and outlining if I take breaks every couple of hours and let my eyes rest and my brain focus on something less demanding. I think it is important to schedule these so that you don't feel like you are "breaking the rules" when you take a break and so that you stay on track.
As an aside, it is also 100% okay to block off a Friday night to have fun. This purpose of the schedule isn't to make sure that you are all study, all the time, but rather to show you how much time you still have left and give you a chance to plan accordingly.

5. Compartmentalize Separate Tasks
Obviously with all of these tips, certain things will work better for some than others. In this case, by "compartmentalize" I'm trying to say, "keep separate tasks separate" (which maybe is just what I should have said.) But what I mean is, don't try to do a different task/project every hour. I've learned that people tend to work more efficiently on something when they can work on it for a few hours at time. That way, in the even that it takes you thirty minutes to really get a grasp on what you are doing/how you want to organize your outline/etc., you still have a couple of hours to implement your plan. When I've tried to go back and forth between classes and projects too quickly, I end up getting lost in my thoughts and have very little to show for my time. If you are able to jump around and do so effectively, I applaud you because honestly I get bored doing the same thing for more than two or three hours, but it has still not been to my benefit to actually change what I'm doing more frequently than every two hours.
I also like to work this way because I can get a big chunk of something done and will normally have "something" to show for it, whether that is in the form of page numbers, highlighted notes, or flash cards. I am very much visual in measuring my accomplishments and I feel much better when I can see where my time has gone.

Hopefully it should look something like this when you're done. As you 'll see, I still have some empty boxes for now (I also made this on Sunday, hence why Sunday is blank). I think it is a good idea to give yourself some room to adjust initially and re-familiarize yourself with having to study longer hours as you approach exams.

How do you prepare for exams?

Have a Great Day, Y'all!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Wear-to-Work Wednesday

As I mentioned in this post, I have my ups and downs with pencil skirts, but I am currently in the mood for them on a pretty regular basis. It is just so easy to pair a quick shell with and heels and look very put together. I have been working on taking the clothes I have (which is way too many) and rearranging them to achieve new looks and this is one of my recent favorites. Seems like an obvious go-to, but if you are like me and always paired a pencil skirt with an oxford then you may have been ignoring this great combination for too long! 

Despite being back on the pencil-skirt-bandwagon, I am very much a dresses kind of girl. I think it mostly has to do with my level of laziness. Don't get me wrong, I always prefer to look put together, but I would like to do so with the minimum level of effort. Enter: dresses. But seriously, it is SO much easier to throw on a dress than to find a skirt, and a shirt and maybe even a cardigan that are all clean and all match. Whereas a dress is just one piece and it is ready. to. go. 

Check out some other styles here: Style Me Wednesday & What I Wore

The weather here has remained so unpredictable that I've worn three different weights of jackets and I still can't seen to get comfortable. What have you been wearing this week? 

Have a Great Day, Y'all!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Election Day

If you haven't voted yet please stop reading this and go vote. As Americans we are are so so so fortunate to have the right to vote. I know that may sound cliche, but it is still true. I registered to vote when I was 17 - this was allowed because there was not going to be an election until after I was 18 - and there has only been one election (including primaries!) that I haven't voted in. And in my defense I missed it because someone on my Freshman hall was supposed to be in charge of absentee ballots and let's just say they dropped the ball.

Sticker Source
Anyways, voting is something I take very seriously and I truly believe that everyone else should too. Not only does it give you a voice, no matter how big or small, in the outcome, but in my opinion it gives you the right to complain. I know that sounds silly, but all the time people are complaining about politicians and their actions. If you didn't take the time out of your day once a year to vote it doesn't make sense that you deserve the right to complain when they are just trying to do their job.

I don't care if you are Republican, Democrat, Independent or whatever else. I don't care if you vote straight ticket or spend an hour deciding on every single office. I don't care if you live in a city with a population of 10,000 or 10,000,000. Please, please, please appreciate your right to vote and go do it!

the Skimm
Also - if you don't already read the Skimm, you should. In case you don't know, the Skimm is a news service that provides quick and to the point daily news right to your email. I discovered the Skimm about seven or eight months ago and I can't remember the last time that I didn't read it first thing in the morning. More importantly, recently they have really been pushing for everyone to get to the polls and "Pop the Campaign", which I obviously whole heartedly agree with. In fact, they have even created an Election Guide, which I would strongly encourage you to check out if you aren't sure who to vote for. I know not every state is covered, but a lot of them are and I was pleasantly surprised with the amount of detail that was provided.

Have you voted yet?

Have a Great Day, Y'all!!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Currently, November 3

Watching: I finally finished watching the Gilmore Girls, so I’m currently back to my nightly ritual of Friends.

Craving: Ice cream – always. More specifically right now, Extreme Moose Tracks. 

Listening: 1989. I wasn’t sure about this at first, it’s been a while since I was reaching for Taylor Swift, but this album did not disappoint. My favorite favorite favorite song from the album is “Bad Blood.”

Reading: Books for class... I’m counting down the days until I can flip through a magazine without the guilt of feeling like it should be a text book.

Eating: Cinnamon Swirl Pepperidge Farm Bread. Have y’all ever tried this? I used to eat it all the time and then just kind of forgot about it, but it is back in my life and it is even better than I remembered.

Planning: A study schedule – I know, so boring. But I need to get this in writing so that I stick to it. Having a schedule for running has made all of the difference in keeping myself accountable.

Feeling: Slightly overwhelmed at the fact that exams are only a month away. But I’ve taken solace in the fact that a month is still a long time and if I plan accordingly I can get it all done.

Loving: The time change, for now at least. It’s really helping me get up earlier in the morning, however I am not the biggest fan of the early sunset.

Wearing: Fall/Winter clothes! You can check out some of my favorite staples here. As much as I loveeeee Lilly and sundresses, I always forget how comfortable and cozy my clothes are in the fall and winter – while still looking nice. I’ve recently been introduced to sweater dresses and I’m never turning back.

How are you starting off the month of November? 

Have a Great Day Y'all!

Friday, October 31, 2014

TGIF, Happy Halloween

I hope y'all have had a great week! Here's a quick look at mine!

1. New Dresses

So I might have gone a little crazy on Sunday and ended up coming home with five new dresses. BUT they were all on sale, I mean I really would have been losing money if I hadn't bought them, right?

left | middle (I got this one in blue)| right 

2. Hot Chocolate and Peppermint Moonshine

Woah. I tried this combination on Friday night and it. was. delicious. If you can get your hands on some peppermint moonshine (yes, it's a thing), I highly suggest you give this a try. The combination of peppermint and chocolate definitely helps to take the bite out of the moonshine. I've definitely had my fair share, but I still can't drink it quite as smoothly as the boyfriend does.

3. JavaPro

I discovered JavaPro sometime this summer thanks to a friend and I am so glad I did. It is a protein powder that you can mix with your coffee. It has protein and caffeine, so combined with coffee it gives me a so much energy in the morning. I finally ran out of my supply, but I ordered a couple more bags of it from Amazon and they came in this week. I am back to full speed! (and more!)

4. Productivity 

After weeks of thinking I was going to start my outlines, the day has finally come. While it is certianly not my favorite part of the semester I am glad to get this process started. I've found over the past couple of years the hardest part is figuring out exactly how you want to organize the information and get started. Well, that part is done so the hardest part is behind me. (jk jk, I have plenty of challenges ahead of me) I'm hoping to get a post out soon about the process of outlining and different methods that have worked, or haven't worked, in the past.

5. It's Halloween!

Last weekend our law school had the annual Decedent's Ball and we missed it because of the football game, but luckily some of our friends are throwing a party tonight and I am so excited to go. I'm still not 100% sure what I'll be dressing up as - such a procrastinator - but I'm thinking Leslie Knope.


How has your week been?

Have a Great Weekend, Y'all!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Favorite Fall Staples

As it starts to get cold I find it harder and harder to get dressed. I just want to throw on a pair of jeans and a sweater and be done, but sometimes even that just feels like too much effort. I know this sounds so lazy, but I'm going to associate part of these feelings with it corresponding with the end of the semester as well.

Despite not wanting to make the effort for whatever reason, I still refuse not to look at least somewhat put together on a daily basis. I've found that pairing a vest with almost any outfit can really make you look put together, and the same goes for a scarf. Even if it was something I just threw on, it makes it look like I tried. At least I think so, maybe no one is honest enough to tell me that I still look as exhausted as I feel. The best part about these pieces is that they add a warmth and layering factor, which can be especially important during this transitional weather.

I have also become obsessed with boots in the last few years. Maybe it's because prior to law school I was in South Carolina most of the time and the weather there was much warmer and there was less of a need for boots, or maybe I just didn't know what I was missing. Having a great pair or two of boots can make all the difference in the fall and winter. Not only do they look cute, but they can really help keep you warm as well!

Here are a few of my favorites: 

I like the idea of having some neutral scarves that go with everything as well as colorful ones to brighten up a dreary winter day. I tend to have a lot of color in my wardrobe already, so I've been "collecting" scarves that are neutral in color, but still have some kind of pattern or design to them, like the black chevron one. It will go with pretty much everything!
Check out some other great ways to style scarves here - Spotlight of the Week: Scarves

Like with scarves, I tend to be drawn toward neutrals when it comes to vests as well. This makes it ten time easier to just throw one on and not have to worry about if it's going to match whatever  you're wearing. 

When it comes to boots I pretty much stick the same style - just below the knee, and about the same color - a brown/cognacish color. I have the monogrammed boots featured here and pretty much wear them everyday. I really like the quilted ones as well, they look so nice and also so comfortable!
for more southern inspired posts check out Celebrate Southern
What are some of your favorite fall staples? 

Have a Great Day, Y'all! 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wear-to-Work Wednesday

If I haven't mentioned it already, y'all should know that I love shirt dresses. Love, as in I have no fewer than eight or ten of them. I just think they are so comfortable and versatile and can be dressed up or down. Because I have so many, it isn't uncommon to wear a couple in one week. I have two that are similar to the ones below. I like having navy as an option because it is neutral and let's me play with fun jewelry, but I also love to have colored options like the pink one to brighten up a Monday.

Now that the weather is cooling down, I pretty much always wear boots with these dresses, but in the summer and on warmer fall days they also look great with the sleeves rolled up and paired with flats. 

What is your favorite outfit to wear to work? 

Have a Great Day, Y'all!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Fall Bucket List

I know, I know, it's been Fall for over a month now, but there is still plenty of Fall left to get your favorite Fall activities in. And, if you are dealing with the same weather that I am it doesn't even quite feel like Fall right now. I mean really, a high of 82 yesterday and 70 today? It is SO hard to dress for! 
Anyways, here are a few things I'm hoping to check off my bucket list this season - 

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Most of these are very traditional, but sometimes if I don't think about it in time I don't get to do it! Not only does Fall mean that we are approaching the big holiday season with Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years, but if you are a student of any kind it means exams are fast approaching. Doing some things on this list are a great way to take a break before and during exams to hold on to your sanity. 

What is on your Bucket List this season? 

Have a great day, Y'all!

Friday, October 24, 2014

TGIF, go Vols!

Happy Friday, Y'all! This has been such a crazy week, but it has also been so great - let's get started!

1. Tailgates

When we were planning out which UK games and which UT games to go to we planned for mostly games at the beginning of the season so that we would have more time on the weekends as it got closer to exams to study. Well, this is the last game of the season for us and I am so excited about it! Not because it is the last, but because it is going to be so much fun. As you may have gathered from yesterday's post, I love tailgating. What's not to love? Great food, drinks, and company! This was the scene a few weeks ago -

2. Writing Requirement, almost Done!

I'm sure all law schools have some kind of writing requirement so those of you in law school are probably somewhat familiar with it. We have to write a paper that is about 6500 words, which works out to somewhere between 25 and 30 pages. Let me say, that is a lot of writing. I finally turned in a first full draft this week and it is such a relief!

3. My BareMinerals Arrived 

Way before (okay, a few years before) Birchbox and Ipsy and all of the other boxes were around I started getting my BareMinerals make up delivered to me. This was mostly out of necessity because there was not a Sephora or Bare Minerals store where I lived, but I have come to love it. Apparently some people don't know this even exists - even some of my friends who wear Bare Minerals - but it is great! Every 4 months, I receive the powder foundation, mineral veil and primer. I wear make up somewhat regularly, but I don't make my self late just to put it on. Every 4 months works great for me because of that, but you can also get it every 2 months or every 3 months if you wear makeup more frequently. Because I only get it ever 4 months it is always such a great surprise and my October shipment finally came this week :)

4. The Shopping Freeze is OVER

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I put a self imposed spending freeze on myself. For no real reason I put this weekend as the dead line (it was over a month), and it is finally over! Sometimes I get in a routine of ordering a lot of things online or going shopping - what girl doesn't, right? So every now and then I just put a spending freeze on myself to force me to stop and think about what I actually want and what I actually need. Since it is over, it means I will probably be ordering this jacket verrrrry soon!

5. Payday!

I mean, let's be real - who doesn't love payday?? Lucky for me that my shopping freeze just happens to be over too!

How was your week?

Have a Great Weekend, Y'all!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Tailgating Essentials

We're about halfway through the football season and I have already been responsible for four tailgates. "Responsible" makes it sound like a bad thing, let me clarify, I have already been able to enjoy planning four tailgates. Not to mention the dozens and dozens I have attended and planned in the past.
Let me tell you, it takes some planning, but it is all SO worth it. Here are a few things that I never go without.

Large Tote Bag or Basket

At some point I may include a true "Tailgating Checklist" which would include a lot of small things like napkins, forks, trashbags, etc. and you need somewhere to put all of those things. I have a big Lilly tote/cooler or an LL Bean tote that I usually stick to. I think the Large or Extra Large is ideal for the LL Bean totes, I use the Large and have never had to worry about having enough space. You need something that is big enough to hold all of the paper products and miscellaneous items you need as well as any day-of odds and ends you want to toss in. A bag or basket would be fine because ideally this will remain in or near the car, so it doesn't need to be super easy to carry or anything like that. Here are a few options that I think would be perfect.

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There are literally hundreds of coolers, but some are better than others. My boyfriend has a Yeti, well actually he has two, and we always use those. They are definitely on the more expensive end, but those suckers work. They work so well that we can actually pack the cooler the night before with ice and it will still be cold for the entire day of tailgating.
If we are going to grill and have frozen/cold food we try to take two coolers. It's not that I'm all that worried about cross contamination, but sometimes we just need the extra space.
I also have a Lilly tote cooler that I will occasionally put my champ and OJ in, mostly because I want to take any excuse I have to use it. Depending on what else we're bringing, sometimes this serves as our catch-all bag as well.

Hand Sanitizer

One Word. Port-a-Potties. Some do have that weird hand sanitizer foam in them, but that is not something you want to count on. This is one easy item to toss in your bag and one that you will definitely be glad you did!


Recently we have been plagued with noon kick-offs which makes it much more difficult to plan food wise. Depending on how early we want to get up is really the deciding factor. Last year for the Tennessee-South Carolina game we were in Knoxville and started tailgating at 7am. This tailgate included breakfast sausage, biscuits, and hashbrowns - all on the grill - and it was great. One game this year we just picked up a couple dozen donuts and some beer cheese and that worked out fine as well.
When the game is set for a 3:30 or 7:30 kick-off it is much easier to plan out what kind of food and how much to bring. It is important to make sure you have enough food to go with all of the drinking that is probably going to occur. We always tend to overdo it on food, but I would much rather that be the case than to have too little.


This is also something that definitely depends on what time the game starts/what time you want to start tailgating. As I mentioned, we have had a lot of noon game this year so I have been having a lot of mimosas and bellinis - no complaints here. We generally try to have a small variety of drinks, usually some beer and occasionally bourbon, but again, it really depends on the length of the tailgate.


Because duh. But seriously, you need to bring water or gatorade or something that isn't alcohol. This is good for hydration, but also sometimes you just want something else to drink and this is often forgotten when you are picking up things last minute.


Tailgating and football games are an all day affair. At least in Kentucky, Tennessee, and most of the South that means the temperature can change by twenty degrees from the time you start tailgating to the time the game is over - especially towards the end of the season. Enter: layers. A vest will be your best friend. I have found that as long as it is not forecasted to be literally freezing, a vest is generally enough as long as you are dressed relatively warm otherwise.  It is so much easier to take a vest off and on when you get hot or cold and it is much lighter to carry around. Scarves can also be a key player in dressing for the day and keeping you warm when the sun is coming up and when the sun is going down.

Check out some other great southern traditions at: Celebrate Southern Link-Up!
What are your tailgate essentials?

Have a Great Day, Y'all!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wear-to-Work Wednesday

I used to feel like I struggled on a daily basis with what I wanted to wear to work and/or school. I've recently started planning my outfits a few weeks out - sounds crazy, I know - and it has made so much of a difference.
I work in an office with two men, so it took me a while to figure out how to dress on the same "level" as a female. I'm starting a new series called "Wear-to-Work Wednesday" with a few of the outfits (or similar ones) that I wore to work that week. I'll do my best to link up the following items - please forgive me if I can't find the link.

I tend to have a love/hate relationship with pencil skirts, but right now I am totally in love.  A lot of my dresses are not geared towards cooler weather, and are less practical right now. However, a pencil skirt is so easy to pair with a long-sleeve shirt, an oxford, or a sweater and allow me to be totally comfortable all day. 

A black dress is also a great staple to have. I love one like this that is modest enough to wear without a cardigan if it is warm outside (or even in the office). 

What are some of your go-to items? 

Have a Great Day, Y'all!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

How to Study More Efficiently

Make a Plan 

This might be the best advice that I've been given in terms of getting a good start on your studying. Make. A. Plan. Personally, I like to plan in increments of about 30 minutes because that is the most realistic way to do it. I don't mean only thirty minutes at a time, but there is no reason to decide you need 22 minutes to work on something, that is ridiculous.
That being said, when you make a plan it is easier to know what you need to do and what you have left to do. Like I mentioned in this post, there are plenty of times that you will have over or under estimated how much time you need for a particular task, but at least you have a basis of something to follow and you aren't spending time in between trying to decide what to work on next.

Set Goals

In keeping with the first tip, setting goals gives you an big picture idea of where you "need" at certain points. For general reading this could be a certain place in the book, or a certain number of cases. For outlining, you could set a goal of x amount of chapters for the day, or a certain day in your notes that you want to get through. If I have printed my notes out, I like to put tabs every so often and use those as my goals that I want to reach. The key to this is to set realistic goals. Trust me, it feels a lot better to set a relatively easy goal and exceed it rather than to set a far reaching goal and come short.

Organize Your Material 

Organizing your material can really help streamline your studying and outlining. I struggled initially with getting all of my information together before the semester was over, but as you know, or will know shortly, it is very important to start your outlining before classes are actually over. I think the best way to go about it is to print your notes through the day you start and then within your notes make some kind of notation like, "PRINTED THROUGH OCT. 20." That way when you print the rest of your notes at the end of the semester or some other time, you know where to start.
Doing these things will make sure you only have the material that you need and makes it easier to find what you need instead of wasting time filtering the important information and relevant class notes.

Limit Your Use of Social Media

This might seem obvious, but if you actually do it you will notice a huge difference in the amount of work you can get done in such a short time. I understand you need to take breaks, but schedule those breaks or allow them to coincide with goals you set. When you can work for 45 minutes to an hour without distraction you are going to get a lot more done. I will be the first to say that this is hard, everyone's first instinct when they start to get bored is to grab their phone and open up Twitter, Facebook, etc. But, after you see how beneficial it can be, you will appreciate the limited use while you're studying. Sometimes I try not to use my computer at all so that I'm not tempted to open up Facebook, Pinterest, or other non-school websites, but obviously most of the time you need to use your computer.

When I was in undergrad I discovered an App you can download for your computer called "Concentrate" and with this App you can block certain websites from yourself for a certain period of time. Maybe you have more self control than me and you don't actually need an App to keep from getting on those websites. But if you are as easily distracted as I am, this is a great tool. I'm sure there are others like it - and turning WiFi off can be enough sometimes, unless you need Lexis or access to your email - but I have used this for a few years and it is really helpful.

What are some things you do to study more efficiently?

Have a Great Day, Y'all!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Autumn Tag


Over at Makeup Pixie there is an Autumn Tag going on and I wanted to join in on the fun! I am definitely more of a summer girl, but this is my second favorite season and I am always ready to pull out my favorites scarves and sweaters. 

1.  Ok we're talking coffee's - what's your favourite seasonal drink from Starbucks/Costa/Cafe Nero etc?
Confession: I tried my first Pumpkin Spice Latte this year and I did not love it. My go to drink in the fall has to be the Salted Caramel Mocha at Starbucks. Usually I don't allow myself to "drink calories," but I figure if I limit myself to only enjoying them in the fall it's okay :). 

2.  Accessories - what do you opt for, scarf, boots, gloves?
I have some monogram boots from Marley Lilly that I am obsessed with. I just started getting into boots last year and I haven't turned back since. 

3.  Music - what's your favourite music to listen to during Autumn?
I don't know if it is the leaves changing or the constant tailgating, but in Autumn I always am in the mood for folksy/country music even more so than normal. Lately I've been listening to a lot of Avett Brothers and Sundy Best

4.  Perfume - what's your favourite scent for this time of year?
I really only perfumes for Winter and Summer, so Autumn is an in between time where it really depends on that day's weather, since it is every changing. My go to summer is Este Lauder, White Linen and in the Winter it's Dior, Miss Dior. I'll be honest, the first reason I even picked up Miss Dior was because of the bottle, it's pink and it has a bow, but I really love it. 

5.  Candles - what scents will you be burning this season?
In a very traditional way, I love the "Autumn" scented candles. Pretty much any candle that has an Apple Pie scent to it is welcome on my coffee table anytime. 

6.  What do you love most about Autumn?
Football Season. Tailgating. Leaves Changing. Road Trips. Pumpkin Patches. Apple Picking. Apple Cider. Christmas Anticipation. Hot Chocolate. Curling Up Under a Blanket. Crisp Mornings. Cool Evenings. Sweaters. Boots. Scarves. Corduroy. 

7.  Favourite makeup look?
Well, I am working on it, but I don't usually make the conscious effort to change my makeup routine with the seasons. That being said I tend to go for warmer look in general, but especially so in the Fall. I do pay quite a bit more attention to the colors on my nails depending on the seasons and these are a couple of my favorites lately. 
Doutzen's Nude
Take It Outside

8.  What are you looking forward to most in Autumn?
I am running a 10K in November and have started training for it. It has been so great to spend time outside and really enjoy the leaves and the weather and I am so looking forward to doing that regularly for the next couple of months. 

What is your favorite part about the Fall?

Have a Great Weekend, Y'all!