Wednesday, April 30, 2014

On Wednesday, We Celebrate The 10th Anniversary of Mean Girls (+ 9 Deleted Scenes Videos!)

If you've been stopping by the blog lately, you've probably noticed the #MeanGirlsMonday posts. For the past five weeks, I've celebrated the 10 year anniversary of Mean Girls (which is today!) by putting together outfits each inspired by a quote from the movie. You can see all the greatness here:


Now, onto to the good stuff. If you've seen the movie a gazillion times and can quote every line, here's some new material: 9 deleted scenes! Is it just me, or were some of these scenes actually in the movie when it was in theaters? Also, the fact that the 10th anniversary falls on a Wednesday is almost as grool fetch fun as October 3rd being an unofficial holiday.














Tuesday, April 29, 2014

10 Reasons Why You Should Travel After College

Norway

There is a lot of pressure put on college graduates to get jobs right out of school. Whether it’s coming from family, friends, professors, the media, or yourself, the stress of landing a 9-5 by graduation day can be substantial. That’s what you’re supposed to do, right? Go to college, get a job, and then life will work out. For some people, that’s fine and that’s okay. But for you, there is that voice in the back of your head that won’t let the idea of traveling after college go away. There are so many ways to go abroad after college, though fear and excuses often get in the way of those travel dreams. Since almost everyone will tell you all the reasons why you shouldn’t travel after college, I’m here to give you ten reasons on why you should.

1.   Because you have the time.
You don’t need to jump into the corporate grind first thing Monday morning after graduation. You have the rest of your life to work. Taking some time off to go abroad, have new experiences, and maybe even find yourself is worth it. There will still be jobs to apply for when you get back.

2.   Because you aren't tied down.
When else will you not be tied down to anything? When you get a full-time, entry-level job that gives you maybe two weeks of unpaid vacation per year? When you have an apartment lease and bills to pay? When you get married and start a family? Nothing is wrong with any of that, but if you want to travel, it is much easier to travel now, when you aren’t tied down to anything.

3.   Because it makes you more marketable when you apply to jobs in the future.
Study abroad or travel boosts your resume and often makes you a more qualified candidate compared to those without international experience. When you’re back on your turf you’ll be able to apply all the things you learned abroad to your future job interviews.

4.   Because you learn much more by seeing, exploring, and experiencing a foreign place than reading about it or looking at pictures.
When captioning photos of my travels, I always think, “This picture does not do it justice.” There is nothing more liberating than actually being somewhere in person. The feeling of jumping off a boat into the Adriatic Sea, with the rush of adrenaline and chills going up your spine as you hit the gorgeous, crystal clear water is 100 times better than simply looking at a photo of the turquoise ocean surrounding the islands of Croatia.

5.   Because you're young and your body is able to handle pretty much anything.
Your body is likely more capable of handling jet lag, outdoor activities, late nights partying, etc. now than it will be when you’re older.

6.   Because you can still take advantage of discounts when you’re young.
Most students and young travelers (usually under 26) are eligible to receive discounts. Whether it be airfare, transportation, lodging, or other fees associated with travel, take advantage of your young age to score some major deals.

7.   Because there are plenty of options to travel after college, and they don't have to be expensive.
On that note, budget travel makes going abroad more feasible than you think. You won’t mind staying in a $12/night hostel in Istanbul now while you’re young, but you probably will when you’re older. There are hostels and websites such as Couchsurfing and Airbnb to save you some cash on accommodations. If vacationing or backpacking still seem to stretch your budget too far, then get a job overseas: you can be a tour guide, intern, Peace Corps volunteer, English teacher, au pair, the list goes on. And you don’t have to go to Western Europe, Japan, or Australia, which tend to be more expensive. Try Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia, or Central America. There are so many places in the world to see, and not all of them will cost you an arm and a leg to see them.

8.   Because it opens you up to a whole new view on life.
When you travel somewhere new, you become much more understanding of the world by experiencing new cultures firsthand. The skills you will strengthen while traveling will carry on with the rest of your life. You will feel and become more independent.

9.   Because it makes you happy.
There is a reason behind the saying, “Travel is the only thing you buy, that makes you richer.” People tend to be happier in the long run by spending money on experiences like travel instead of material items.

10.  Because if not now, when?
If you make excuses or wait for the “right time,” the right time will never come. The time is now. Start planning your trip and make it happen. What are you waiting for?

Photo: Pinterest

Monday, April 28, 2014

mean girls monday: week 5



It's the last week of #MeanGirlsMonday and I went with the quote from the scene when Gretchen Weiners had finally "cracked." Gretchen confided in Cady that Regina once told her that she couldn't wear hoop earrings anymore. When Gretchen got a pair of really expensive white gold hoops for Hanukkah, she had to pretend like she didn't even like them! Since that was so sad, I wanted to make an outfit for Gretchen that included the white gold hoops she never got to wear. The purple dress mimics her top from the scene, and since they had just been in class (we should totally just stab Caesar!), I added this fun book clutch  from Kate Spade.

"There's a Mean Girls quote for everything," I like to say. To celebrate the movie's 10 year anniversary (it came out on April 30, 2004), I'm doing a series on Sunny Sweetheart called Mean Girls Monday, where I share an outfit inspired by a quote from the movie! While the classic quotes are 2004, the outfit will be "updated" to make it look fashionable in 2014.

For previous #MeanGirlsMonday outfits:


Saturday, April 26, 2014

tumblr saturday #100

Happy weekend! I cannot believe that it is the hundredth Tumblr Saturday and that these numbers will be going in the three digits! Here are a few of my faves floating around Tumblr this week:
A fun pun ;) the shells are pretty too! As always, I'm dreaming of summer.

JFK reads a newspaper on Capital Hill, November 1946.
Cool photo of JFK reading a newspaper in 1946 at the Captiol Building.
Multiple pink surprises once the cake is cut!
More confectionery goodness: an adorable bunny cupcake.
Love the sheer polka dot top.
That breakfast looks delicious!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

stunning time lapse video of europe

Check out this beyond stunning video of time lapses taken throughout a photographer's trip to Europe. You'll see natural beauty like stars, the Northern Lights, and beaches as well as the incredible man made monuments like the Colosseum and the Eiffel Tower. Warning: you're going to have major wanderlust after watching this video.


Magical Europe - Timelapse from StanChang on Vimeo.

Monday, April 21, 2014

mean girls monday: week 4

Outfit:
Michael Kors sweater | Luisa Via Roma skirt | YSL shoes | River Island hoop earrings | River Island handbag | Etsy (BluegrassSassLC) bow

It is Week 4 of Mean Girls Monday and this quote is from the beginning of the movie on Cady's first day of school. It's kind of random and kind of hilarious. I've been seeing a lot of wire necklaces in the shape of states or countries lately, and I thought they would be perfect to compliment this quote. As for the outfit, I was inspired by Cady's light pink and periwinkle blue color combination, which she wore a couple of times in the movie. The cut of the skirt is more updated, and instead of a ribbed henley tee, I used a pretty pink cashmere sweater instead.

"There's a Mean Girls quote for everything," I like to say. To celebrate the movie's 10 year anniversary (it came out on April 30, 2004), I'm doing a series on Sunny Sweetheart called Mean Girls Monday, where I share an outfit inspired by a quote from the movie! While the classic quotes are 2004, the outfit will be "updated" to make it look fashionable in 2014. Check back for next week's Mean Girls Monday with a new outfit inspired by one of the iconic quotes!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

tumblr saturday #99

Happy weekend! I know this post is a little late in the morning and I've lacked some posts this week. My old laptop was having issues so I traded it in for a new one, and this new one has even more issues! I swear, I have am cursed with computers. Haha. (Even the guys at the store agreed). Without further ado, here are my faves floating around Tumblr this week:
'merican mason jars
leahcatherinelove:

classy-kate:

thesassyhoe:

moment of silence for when Jenny looked normal….

She was SO beautiful

Was? Taylor Momsen is still the same fucking person she IS beautiful
Vintage photo of Leighton Meester and Taylor Momsen (Blair and Jenny) from around the time of the first season of Gossip Girl!
Fun colored bar car complete with Lilly drinkware, cupcakes, and Perrier.
Cool above/underwater photo.
The Little Rascals: "Quick. What's the number for 911?"

Monday, April 14, 2014

mean girls monday: week 3

Splendid track pants | Etsy top | Madewell denim jacket | J. Crew loafers | Stella & Dot arrow and spike bracelets

Rather than choose a matching Juicy sweatsuit that celebs, moms, and The Plastics wore back in 2004 (okay, I also had a Juicy sweatsuit back in the day), I traded the velour sweats for track pants, complete with color blocking and even a drawstring waist - you know, if you eat too many Kalteen bars or something. The "you can't sit with us" tank top pays respect to the popular line from Gretchen Weiners. Top off the look with a pair of bright red loafers, and this look is casual-cool.

"There's a Mean Girls quote for everything," I like to say. To celebrate the movie's 10 year anniversary (it came out on April 30, 2004), I'm doing a series on Sunny Sweetheart called Mean Girls Monday, where I share an outfit inspired by a quote from the movie! While the classic quotes are 2004, the outfit will be "updated" to make it look fashionable in 2014. Check back for next week's Mean Girls Monday with a new outfit inspired by one of the iconic quotes!



Sunday, April 13, 2014

lavender for spring


I've been loving the overload of lavender I've been seeing lately, especially through Tumblr or Pinterest (where I found these photos). I don't currently have much lavender in my wardrobe, but after seeing it pop up more often - it is Pantone's color of the year! - I'm getting inspired to begin adding it. It seems like the pretty pastel shades are being worn more often as we head into spring and closer to Easter...yay! Spring is finally on its way!


Saturday, April 12, 2014

tumblr saturday #98

Happy weekend! Here are a few of my faves floating around Tumblr this week.
A fab fur coat.
Notice the Mean Girls accessories? ;)
So much color!
^Exactly my outlook on cooking...which is also unfortunate. (Maybe my future husband will like cooking...?)
cute!
America cookies!
A boy crosses a London street in the 1960s with a toy double decker.
A boy crossing the street in London in the 1960s, pulling a toy double decker bus.

No excuses!

Friday, April 11, 2014

gorgeous instagrams of the dc cherry blossoms

The cherry blossoms in Washington, DC have bloomed again and I am having serious FOMO for not being in the city during the (arguably) most beautiful time of the year. My friend April sent me this photo of the blossoms by the Potomac during sunset and I cannot get over how gorgeous it is.








Some cool photos on Instagram tagged with #dccherryblossoms:








Thursday, April 10, 2014

4 of the best "in your 20s" articles


There are so many "in your 20s" articles these days, ranging on everything from self-reflection to being young and careless. Here are four of my favorites from four of my favorite sites:

This one resonates with me, especially numbers 3 and 4. Don't settle, don't settle, don't settle.

Anything involving money and finance often goes over my head. That kind of stuff is just not how I'm wired. This article is helpful to start planning now to avoid money issues later.

A more self-reflective look at little tweaks you can make to improve your approach to things.

Critical moves that shape and define your career now.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

the yacht week

I just heard of The Yacht Week, where you can rent yachts for far less than usual in Italy, Croatia, Greece, Thailand, and the Virgin Islands....and IT. SOUNDS. AMAZING. Personally, I don't have enough saved up to do something like this right now (#recentgradlife) but at least I can dream of the possibility of doing this one day.


Monday, April 7, 2014

mean girls monday: week 2

Gap army pants | Valentino flip flops | Red Dress Boutique top | Isabel Marant necklace | Thierry Lasry sunglasses

While this type of cropped army pants was all the rage back in 2004 (I literally remember seeing everyone wearing the American Eagle ones in my junior high cafeteria), nowadays a skinnier fit jean is more on point with today's trends. The olive green camo print jeans are the focal point of the outfit, as the top, necklace, and sunglasses keep up with the neutral theme. As for the flip flops? I traded out typical Havianas for this gorgeous pair of "Rockstud" Valentinos!

"There's a Mean Girls quote for everything," I like to say. To celebrate the movie's 10 year anniversary (it came out on April 30, 2004), I'm doing a series on Sunny Sweetheart called Mean Girls Monday, where I share an outfit inspired by a quote from the movie! While the classic quotes are 2004, the outfit will be "updated" to make it look fashionable in 2014. Check back for next week's Mean Girls Monday with a new outfit inspired by one of the iconic quotes!





xo-ally

Saturday, April 5, 2014

tumblr saturday #97

Happy weekend! Here are a few of my faves floating around Tumblr this week.
princess-emmyy:

(via TumbleOn)
Chanel cuffs and coffee table books.
A blue and white Tory Burch tablescape.
A pink hotel!
Gorgeous flowers using an old marmalade jar as a vase.
Haha, now that's a pickup line.

Friday, April 4, 2014

is balayage the new ombre?

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/171066485820781602/
Similar to ombre, balayage is a French hair painting technique that became popular in the 1970s where the stylist paints the color onto the hair. Balayage is done in a "sweeping" motion where the roots typically aren't colored, but instead the color subtly fades for a more "natural" look. Different than ombre, balayage doesn't have that straight line in the middle of the hair, which usually looks better curled or wavy than straight. When I got my hair trimmed recently, I asked my stylist about possibly doing ombre in the future to switch up my look. She suggested balayage instead since it can be more subtle, less maintenance (it looks fine straight, wavy, or curled), and doesn't require touch-ups often. Since then, I've been hearing the term balayge all over the place. So is balayage the "new" ombre, or will it just supplement hair color options as women look for different ways to color their hair?
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/171066485820815373/
Subtle balayge
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/171066485820815368/
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/171066485820815370/
This one looks more ombre than balayage, but isn't it beautiful?

Thursday, April 3, 2014

the happiest homes on pinterest

Bright colors, plenty of natural light, flowers, and cozy couches are decor elements I love. When I revisited my home board on Pinterest recently, those were the constant themes I found while scrolling through. Patterned fabrics, some new wallpaper, or a simple pop of color do wonders for a happy-looking home. Whether you're moving into a new place, redecorating, or just want to look at some prettiness, here is my roundup of the happiest homes on Pinterest:
pink + orange
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/171066485817860078/
exactly how I want my future home - lots of natural light, hardwood floors, white ceiling and countertops
so relaxing
bright green room
Outdoor pool and cabana
beautiful blooms <3
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/171066485820815019/
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/171066485820815008/