Thursday, May 31, 2012

Nostalgia.



Ever since my graduation a little less than two weeks ago, I've been feeling extremely nostalgic. As I've been unpacking all of my dorm essentials, donating clothing that I haven't worn in years, and organizing all the cards and letters I have received over the past 10 years, how could I not? 

Honestly, I'm the kind of person who has no problem getting rid of most things. If I don't wear something, no matter how much I paid, I repurpose or donate the piece of clothing. My room is almost always spotless, as is my handbag (no receipts!) and car (definitely no water bottles in trash in my brand new one)! I've always been that kind of a person. 

However, as I moved back into my room fully for the first time since the summer after my freshman year, I found myself having a harder time getting rid of things. Suddenly, it seemed as if anything in my possession could spark a dozen different memories, ranging from middle and high school into college.

Like the two seemingly random photos above. To almost anyone else, the contents of the photos would be meaningless. The first, is a pile of old belts and scarves. The second, colorful baubles and costume jewelry.

But not for me.

The sparkly silver sequin belt? An absolute necessity in high school. No matter what the outfit, I could almost always wear my silver sequined belt with it. Or what about the black and white zebra belt? I remember buying that at a Pac Sun outlet while on senior week in 2008 and wearing it for a good portion of the summer before my freshman year of college. As for the jewelry? See the large blue beaded necklace? Let me tell you, that's not just an ordinary $6.90 necklace from Forever 21. I remember wearing that many, many times throughout high school; twirling the beads in my fingers when I was nervous during an exam, or putting it on for a night out with friends.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that clothing (and jewelry and accessories) have so much more important purpose than to JUST cover our bodies. At least, not for me. Whether I wore the piece hundreds of times, twice, or I never even took the tags off, clothing holds so many memories. 

In case you were wondering, I got rid of everything in the above photos (I told you I can let go of things pretty easily)! I just wanted a moment to reminisce. 
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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Adventures as a Tourist



Shirt: Victoria's Secret
Pants: Mavi
Shoes: Steve Madden
Purse: Coach
Sunglasses: Betsey Johnson
Scarf: Delia*s Warehouse Sale

For my first adventure as a post-grad, I'm in Chicago! My mom is here for a writer's conference, so she invited me to come along and just hang out and do whatever I want with my aunt! Today, was tourist day. We did a ton of shopping on Michigan Ave. walked around in Millennium Park, and munched on cheddar and caramel popcorn from Garrett's (sounds weird, but DELICIOUS)! It was the perfect day with perfect weather - I couldn't have planned our unplanned day any better if I tried.

For all of our walking, I knew I wanted to wear something comfortable - flat shoes were a must. Plus, this is the windy city! I couldn't go walking around without a cozy cardigan, even though it's the end of May. So, I decided on this tissue-tee from Victoria's Secret and paired it with my cargo colored skinny jeans. To finish off my look, I added this super versatile circle scarf and my aviators. Through all my trying on in the fitting room, and the walking around, this was the perfect outfit!

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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Beginning Life as a College Grad

Yesterday, I graduated college.

Sometimes, I didn't think I would ever see the day. At some points in the semester, I was so buried in homework, so frustrated by everything that I had to manage, that I just wanted to quit. But I didn't. I worked my ass off; taking on three internships, well exceeding the required 124 credits, writing and editing for the student-run newspaper, working for the admissions house giving tours, and writing an 81-page departmental honors paper my senior year.

Before I knew it, the time was up. I've spent the last few weeks applying for jobs, packing up my room, and squeezing in any second of extra time with my friends.

It's been an eventful four years, to say the least. But I don't think they could have been any better. No matter how much of a struggle this adventure was, I wouldn't change a thing. From my acceptance of enrollment, to my decision to write the honors paper, I know everything happened for a reason. Like switching my major! Little known fact, I entered college as a history major with a concentration in secondary education. It wasn't even a year before I realized that my passion was in writing, not teaching in the classroom. Making that change really pushed me outside of my comfort zone, into a fast-paced, deadline driven environment. However, my caring professors never let me falter. I took classes in writing, graphics, photography, and research to gain a more comprehensive understanding of just what I could look forward to in the future.

And yesterday, I finished. I walked confidently across the stage to receive my diploma, and couldn't help but reflect on where the last four years had gone.

Now, my time at college is officially over. I graduated cum laude with a bachelor of arts in communication arts with minors in French and studio art. And now, it's time to prepare for life as a grad in the real world. Bring on student loan payment, and the tireless search for a real career.

Here are a few snapshots that I had to include:


Move-in day my freshman year with my mom. I was so skinny! 


Convocation my freshman year! I remember being very nervous and scared..but it was awesome!


Junior year ring ceremony! Still one of the best purchases I have made.




And senior year.



Convocation my senior year. In comparison to freshman year, I feel like I look so much older!


The president and I right before baccalaureate. 


Baccalaureate with my roommate of 3.5 years. Love her!



The perfect way to spend the last day before graduation? Getting ice cream of course.


C/o of my dad, a super creeper at graduation.


Some of my besties. I could have better friends.


The whole family came. Please note how fabulous of a dresser my mom is!


Probably the only person who will ever put up with me. Love you, Casey.


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Sunday, May 13, 2012

A Month in Instagram








 As I have started many of these post within the last couple of months, I apologize for just going completely MIA all the time. Although it's no excuse, I've been busy finishing the last couple of weeks at my internship, applying for jobs, and squeezing in the last few moments with my friends while I can. As of this week though, things are finally slowing down some, and I've been able to get back to working on my blog - like this post! I've been meaning to do it forever, but I am just now getting a chance. So without further ado, my week in Instagram photos has turned into the last month...but it's better than nothing.

P.S: Follow me on Instagram (heytherekatrina) and Twitter  to stay up to date with me!

1. My vintage candy that I rewarded myself with after finishing writing my honors paper (mallow cups are my favorite!)

2. Nothing like a scenic walk in downtown Frederick.

3.Procrastinating while I should have been studying.

4. Robbin egg colored Whoppers...somehow so much better than the original ones!

5. Helping to raise awareness for one day without shoes.

6. First baseball game of the season in the nosebleeds.

7. I'm always on the hunt for the Lilly Pulitzer animal crackers!

8. Sometimes I get the weirdest cravings..

9. Red lipstick, big curls, and a vintage style dress.

10. Laying out on the quad...just because I have nothing better to do.

11. Grilled cheese and co is my new favorite thing EVER.

12. I blow bubbles to entertain myself.



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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Last Day of Undergrad



Shirt: Delia*s Warehouse Sale
Skirt: Aerie by American Eagle
Shoes: Target
Necklace: Juicy Couture

After four years of painful (and enjoyable) classes, today was my last day of undergrad classes. Holy crap. And I will say it for probably the eighth time today: where has the time gone?

I still remember so well my first class my freshman year: applied stats. I remember being so nervous, and afraid that I would never make it all the way through college. Well, I did it! All that's left now is one final, and a final project! Woo-hoo!

For my last day of classes, I decided to go with something cute and simple. This skirt has been on my mind for awhile, and I just couldn't think of new way to wear it. Then last night, I had a little brilliant moment, and thought of pairing it with my classic denim shirt. I realize this isn't a huge breakthrough, but sometimes it's the little things that matter. I finished the look off with a simple gold necklace, and my trusty fake Keds for an extra preppy twist.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Cashmere in May



Dress: Miss Sixty
Cardigan: BCBG Max Azria
Shoes: Steve Madden Luxe
Necklace: Nordstrom
Headband: BCBG Max Azria
Who would have thought that I would be wearing one of my beloved cashmere cardigans in May? Certainly, not I, but I should have known better, with the unpredictable weather Maryland is always experiencing. Thankfully, I didn't have to wear it for very long today, since it was quickly in the upper 70s, and extremely humid.

Aren't my rants about the weather interesting? I thought so too.

Anyway, clearly I've been set in another decade for the last couple of outfit posts. Today I pulled out one of my retro inspired dresses, which I think would have been perfect for a housewife in the 50s. However, instead of pairing it with my knock-off Keds for an even more 50s appeal, I added plain sandals and this cute strawberry necklace, which I think adds a fun touch. Pin It

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

May Day



Shirt: Old Navy
Skirt: Express
Shoes: Steve Madden Luxe
Necklace: BCBG Max Azria

It's the first day of May! Which means...

1. As of yesterday, my 81 page, 22,000 word honors paper has been turned in! I now can resume having a life again.

2. I'm graduating in 18 days! HOLY CRAP. Where did the time go?!

3. It's socially acceptable to run around in shorts/skirts/and dresses. Like I really cared before, but I digress.

Today I went with a pretty casual look, since I was at a style roadblock today. Although the weather called for rainy skies all day, it didn't rain a bit. Instead, it ended up being rather warm (in the upper 70s!) all day. So my outfit was perfect. Here's hoping that we can have weather like this for the rest of the month!

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