Thursday, January 31, 2013

dresses for vegas

I'm going to Las Vegas for part of spring break, and I'm so excited! Our basketball team will be playing in the WCC tournament and I can't wait to go. I am currently in the market for some dresses to wear in The Vegs. I want to look polished but fun without spending a lot of money (since I don't know how often I'll wear these dresses post-Vegas.) Here are four frocks I'm admiring:

I'll probably only need two dresses, maybe three. Which one(s) should I go for?

xo-ally

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

taylor swift extra songs

I love Taylor Swift's latest album, Red. Unlike most albums by other artists where I typically enjoy about 1-5 songs, I really like almost every song on Red. When a friend told me about a couple songs not on Red but on YouTube, I got super excited!

"The Moment I Knew"
Classic T-Swift song. I like the buildup and the story behind the song. (I actually checked iTunes and they're selling this one as a Red single separately from the actual album.)

"Come Back, Be Here"
This also seems like another classic T-Swift, which is refreshing since quite a few of her newer songs have gotten more pop-y (those I still really like the new ones too!)

I've been going back and forth on YouTube playing these songs while doing homework, haha. Do you like these songs too?

xo-ally

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

current shopping list: mint colored everything!

Yes, I know it's still January. Spring is around the corner! (In a couple months, give or take?) When stores begin to stock spring attire, my mind flashes forward to the days where I don't have to wear a coat or scrape the ice off my car in the morning. Ah, pure bliss.

I'm loving how both brights and pastels are huge this spring. I'm currently crushing on everything mint colored. It's subtle but can still be just as girly as a ballet pink.

Even though it snowed today (and yesterday, and the day before that) I can't help but get excited for the upcoming season! I already purchased white jeans recently, and here are a few spring mint pieces I'm lusting over.
Mint chino shorts. Love.


A mint hair bow!

Mint skinnies. The colored denim trend is stronger than ever and these jeans would be perfect for a cool, spring break evening!

Along with the colored denim trend, we're seeing bright colored exercise leggings in every hue imaginable. I already have avatar-blue leggings from lululemon, but these mint wunder under leggings are so adorable!


A smidge brighter than mint, but still a soft green nonetheless, this girly dress is calling my name.
Okay, okay, I'm stretching the dresses in this post a little too far with color, but this dress is great for spring too!

Let's bring it back to actual mint now. This plain tee is just asking for a statement necklace!

What's on your spring shopping list? Are you going to add mint and other pastel colors to your spring wardrobe?

xo-ally

dancing


I am currently rehearsing a my first speech in my Advanced Public Speaking class for tomorrow morning. I am talking about dance and how it has significantly contributed to the person I have become throughout my life.

I love dance. I love performing. I love every dance team I've been on, especially the lovely Gonzaga Dance Team.

I'm bringing all four dance uniforms from Gonzaga Dance Team to class tomorrow as some of my visual aids. Seeing all four dresses laid out makes me feel so nostalgic. My four years are almost up. I have had so many great performances in those dresses. I can't believe that my time with dance team is almost over. :(

No matter what, even if it is just by teaching Zumba, I really hope to keep dance part of my life in years to come.

Okay, okay! I'm not letting myself get too sappy yet! There are still two more months left :)

xo-ally

Sunday, January 27, 2013

sunshine award

The lovely Nicole from Sequined Patterns gave me a Sunshine Award! Thanks girl!
The Sunshine Award is symbolized by a flower that one blogger can give to other "bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere."
As with most awards, the Sunshine Award comes with a few simple rules:
Acknowledge the person who gave this award in a blog post.

Do the Q&A below.
Pass on the award to 10 deserving and inspiring bloggers, inform them and link to their blogs. This award doesn't have any specific number of followers as a constraint, just pick people who inspire you!


Q&A
Who is your favorite philosopher? I studied Decartes my sophomore year, and I liked some of his work. Though I really like C.S. Lewis. I took an upper-division C.S. Lewis philosophy class and I learned so much. His work is very fascinating, in my opinion.
What is your favorite number? Four!
What is your favorite animal? Puppies/small dogs. They're adorable. :)
What is your favorite time of day? I like any time of the day past the groggy morning. Or any time it is sunny. Though I am most certainly a night owl, and feel like I'm more creative, and sometimes more productive late at night.
What do you prefer, Facebook or Twitter? I think they're both great social media tools, but I'm gonna have to say Twitter. (This also reminds me - I haven't uploaded pics to fb since, like, October. I should get on that, haha).
What is your favorite holiday? CHRISTMAS! It's the best part about a cold winter! It brings joy and happiness to the season.
What is your favorite physical activity? Dancing! I've been dancing since I was three. I am writing this after a dance team practice, in fact. I also enjoy rock climbing, running, teaching zumba, hot yoga, and pilates. As you can tell, I love exercise.
What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink? Iced, non-fat, no whip mocha from Starbucks.
What is your passion?  I have a quite a few! Dance, traveling, learning (I really do enjoy school), social media/blogging, PR, and fitness.
What is your favorite flower? White peonies or hot pink gerbera daisies.

My nominations are:


Thanks again, Nicole!

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

xo-ally

Saturday, January 26, 2013

tumblr saturday #36

Happy weekend! Here are a few of my faves floating around Tumblr this week.
Loving the princess's dress.
Beautiful steps.
Now do I see Lilly, Tory, and Jacks? Traveling in style!
To find time to read is the greatest luxury.

Loving that coat!

Aww, The Parent Trap was my favorite movie when I was little :)


Soooooo got really busy and didn't post Friday's Fancies yesterday!!!! (Well, this week in general has just been busy). Sorry 'bout that. The theme was black and white, which I wrote about a few days ago :)

xo-ally

PS - image credits may be found on my tumblr

Thursday, January 24, 2013

chevron dresses

Chevron stripes are a huge trend right now, and I've subtly worn the pattern with my colored chevron bangles. With spring on the mind, however, I have dresses on my shopping list. These bold, chevron striped dresses are perfect.
Bright There Chevron Dress - What's New | The Red Dress Boutique


I really like this chevron b dress
Chevron dress

Are you enjoying the chevron striped trend?

xo-ally

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

spring trend: black & white

You know when you get really busy, time slips away from you, and life kind of gets in the way? To the point where you realize you haven't posted on your blog in two days?! That's me right now...however, I would like to take a chance to mention one of the hottest trends right now: black and white color blocking. I've seen it, worn it, and (usually) have loved it. Take a look at some of my picks that I suggest for any spring shopping list. (Click the images to go to the site.)

     
     Panama hat
Collection silk dot topPrinted case for iPhone 5

My favorite is the Kate Spade tote, because I love the pop of hot pink!

Will you be wearing black and white this spring?

xo-ally

Sunday, January 20, 2013

chambray & polka dots

Button-up American Eagle (similar) Jeans Nordstrom Flats Tory Burch Handbag Tory Burch (old) Necklace H&M (old) Earrings Nordstrom (similar) Sunglasses Chanel

I love my school! We took the photos today in front of the admin building. My very first college class was in this building freshman year, and I have one this semester in the same classroom. Everything is coming full circle.

Hope you're having a lovely weekend!

xo-ally

Saturday, January 19, 2013

white denim in winter

Jeans Sanctuary Clothing Sweater Nordstrom (similar) Watch Michael Kors Bracelet J. Crew (similar) Boots Corso Como Sunglasses Chanel

There is something so beautiful about a fresh snowfall. It is silent as it touches the ground and its sparkling beauty greets us in the morning. Then a few days go by, and it half-melts and freezes up again, cars drive over it, and make it dirty and not as pretty. I am so ready for a snow-free spring!! Because I couldn't resist these new white skinnies, I tried to make my outfit into a "winter white" ensemble without looking I stepped out of a summer catalog. I chose to stick to shades of brown to calmly compliment the bright white, and used "winter" pieces like a sweater, scarf, and riding boots.

xo-ally

tumblr saturday #35

Happy weekend! Here are a few of my faves floating around Tumblr this week.
Pretty diamonds! My two favorites are the rectangle one at the top and the large circular one in the middle. :D
Tbhfab:

I’m here for you Regina. 
Mommy only wants to see you get better, now here;
Have a Kalteen bar.
HAHA, Mrs. George with the Kalteen bars. Mean Girls will forever be one of my favorite movies.
Beautiful print!
Take me to the sea...
Whale cookies!
The Beautiful Simple Things. The smell of freshly-cut grass is one of my favorites!

xo-ally

PS - image credits may be found on my tumblr

Friday, January 18, 2013

friday's fancies - outfit crush

It is no secret that I absolutely love spring and summer fashion. I also love pretty much anything that Gossip Girl's Blair Waldorf has worn, especially her Hamptons outfits in Season 2. When I saw that this week's Friday's Fancies theme with long distance loving was Outfit Crush, I couldn't resist using Blair's summer style as inspiration! From Milly and Lilly P to Prada and Chanel, take a look at the mint and pink outfit I recreated plus some extra inspiration below.
Top outfit info: printed lilly wedgeskate spade pink handbagmint dressbeach cruiser bikegold necklace <this is the exact one! I've been looking for years! However it costs $1,500...

The snow outside already has me dreaming of warmer days, and this post definitely makes me want to leap ahead to spring break!

xo-ally

[photos from here, here, and here]

Thursday, January 17, 2013

snapshots 01/17/13

I finally have my nail polish organized! I got these small, glass containers from Target for $3.99 each. Now the only thing is that each container is perfectly full, so adding to my nail polish collection might be an issue.....
I like to sneak in spring color into my winter wardrobe whenever I can! My poppy orange-red Kate Spade necklace is perfect for the task.
The trees looked so beautiful today because of this weird freezing fog we're having. Instead of being covered in snow, the branches were covered in mini icicles. It felt like walking through a snow globe this morning when I went to class!

Speaking of winter - a winter white outfit post is coming soon, as promised! I have the outfit planned and just need to wear it :)

xo-ally

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

just one of those days

blah.

Mhmm. 
Goooooodnight.
I promise to post something more interesting in the coming future. :D

xo-ally

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

last first day of school

Chose a pink notebook for this semester! Then realized I also have pink nail polish and a pink jacket on....though I have to say I'm not surprised with myself. I'm also right-handed, not left. I guess I was trying to be cool for the photo (ha)
Today just flew by, and now I'm finally getting time to sit down and blog! I had three of my six classes today - advanced public speaking, graphic design, and my public relations capstone class. Based on the first day, all three classes are great. We have 45 students in capstone (a large class for our small Jesuit school). We're all PR majors and everyone is super chatty and awesome. I love it. Graphic design will be fun too because we get to work with InDesign and Illustrator. (Speaking of - my Photoshop is BACK! Finally.)

Tomorrow I just have journalism and marketing, and then next week I'll get into my multimedia class. This is my first semester with no core classes. I am so beyond excited to be done with biology, and if you've been following my blog for a while, will be relieved I won't complain about it anymore! ;)

I just got back from our first dance team practice of the semester, too. It is so nice to be back. All the energy of seeing everyone, the exercise (those endorphins!), and dancing just made me so happy! I also just became the Foursquare mayor of the gym on campus too. I got pretty embarrassingly stoked about that. Tonight, just like any other night after practice, I have a ton of energy. YAY.
I'm just trying not to think about how this is my last first day of school. Ever. I'm not planning on additional school, so....this is it. It is exciting and terrifying and sad and bittersweet. Any other college (or high school) seniors in the same boat as me right now?

xo-ally

Monday, January 14, 2013

excited for catching fire!

Okay, I'm a huge Hunger Games fan. My friends know I've seen the movie plenty of times - I even saw it multiple times in theaters, and I've never seen a movie more than once in a theater. It's just so good! I'm not an obsessed fan, though. Like I don't have any merchandise, t-shirts, posters, bed sheets (yes, I've seen a whole bed set....why??), or anything else of the like. When Entertainment Weekly released Catching Fire photos in their latest issue, however, I got really excited for the next movie!
The Hunger Games
 (new,catching fire,peeta mellark,katniss everdeen,the hunger games,jennifer lawrence)

xo-ally

Sunday, January 13, 2013

hunters on sale!

I know many of you are fans of Hunter rain boots, so I thought I'd share this great find! I've been eyeing the yellow Hunter wellies for quite some time now (see this post) and happened to notice they are on sale in yellow for $79. It's a great deal! However, I already have a pair of black Sperry rain boots so I don't need them, and, since I'm hoping I'll move somewhere sunny in a few months, don't know how necessary they are to my wardrobe right now. ("Hoping" I'll move somewhere sunny is the key word- we'll see where I end up!)
What do you think? Would you snag this pair on sale? Should I make the plunge and get a pair for this spring?

xo-ally

Saturday, January 12, 2013

tumblr saturday #34

Happy weekend! Here are a few of my faves floating around Tumblr this week.
Say hi
spring-in-paris:

The Bass family 

awww! love this.
I LOVE this! I will forever be a Gossip Girl fanatic. The Bass family accessories are so adorable :)
Pearls & plaid
A green and white swirly straw packs some punch in a glass of pink lemonade.
I took hot yoga this summer and am thinking of starting up again! If I have time...
Eric Church
Haha, this made me laugh. #USA

xo-ally

PS - image source credits may be found on my tumblr