Rocks Box and Waffles and Sisters, Oh My!

I recently received my newest Rocks Box and I couldn’t be happier!

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I got these gorgeous Kendra Scott Alex Earrings that I will definitely be spending my monthly Shine Spend on, this Gorjana bar necklace that goes perfectly with everything, and some versatile earrings that match!

I wore the KS earrings and the necklace on a photoshoot with my DZ grand little!

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The shorts are from H&M and the top is from Garage.

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After our photo shoot, we headed to Nina’s Waffles where we got waffles and ice cream!

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I had such a great day with my little grandchild!

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Graduation

I cannot believe that this happened. Even though I am starting my Event Planning Certification and have a lot to look forward to, I will definitely miss the place that has become another home to me. What made all of this even more special is that my little came home early from Scotland where she was studying abroad to surprise me!! I had no idea it was happening, and actually started crying when I opened the door of my apartment and saw her.

And then I made her take my graduation pictures because my roommates were taking too long.

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I have been dying to wear this Lilly Pulitzer shift in First Impressions since I bought it months ago!!

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And here’s a close up of my Graduation Cap

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And then… I graduated!

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One of the best parts was that my whole sorority family was able to be there! I am a sandwich since we have Carley, Marissa, Kate, Carly, Marissa!

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Above everything, I am so grateful for the education I received, and that it didn’t rain!

Holiday Parties Galore

A great thing about being a part of different organizations in college is the excuse to go to multiple holiday parties!

DZ always has a holiday party with ATO the week before finals, and this year it was a ton of fun! I love getting dressed up in ugly sweaters and Christmas gear and just looking silly.

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Here’s my Little and my Little Little! I got my Christmas bear sweatshirt at Love Saves the Day in New Hope, PA. It’s an 80’s original and super sparkly. I picked up a santa hat headband from Target, and wore leggings and some red lipstick.

I also hosted the Writing Center tutor party at my apartment. Of course I needed to decorate so I ran to Wegman’s and picked up a tiny christmas tree, and outfitted it with a bow and a felt bucket from Target. I also got some other sparkly and festive decorations!

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Here are my fellow Lead Tutors and our Assistant Director!

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Here are a couple recipes from the night! I made Holiday Mocktails, and one of the other tutors, Iana, made Spinach and Feta Quinoa Bites; both were a big hit.

Holiday Shirley Temple Recipe

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1/4 cup orange juice, 3/4 cup sprite, 2 tbsp grenadine, garnish of choice

pour the orange juice and sprite into a glass, and then pour in the grenadine, letting it sink to the bottom. I recommend adding a straw so you can stir the drink together once you’ve admired the cool effect of the grenadine sinking to the bottom!

Spinach and Feta Quinoa Bites Recipe

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1 cup uncooked quinoa, 2 cups chicken broth or water, 1 teaspoon olive oil, 4 big handfuls of fresh spinach (about 1 cup cooked), 1/2 medium onion finely chopped, 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano, 4 oz crumbled feta, pinch of salt and pepper, 3 eggs lightly beaten

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2. Cook quinoa according to directions, let cool

3. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Saute onion until softened. Add spinach in batches until completely wilted

4. In a large bowl, combine quinoa, spinach, garlic powder, oregano, feta, sal and pepper. Add egg to quinoa mixture and incorporate

5. Spray mini muffin tin with nonstick spray. Spoon quinoa mixture into tin, gently patting it down

6. Bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes then remove

Makes about 36 quinoa bites

The last party I went to was for my dance team! We do a secret santa exchange every year, and this year, one of our team members cooked us all a beautiful meal. We had chicken and pasta, salad with multiple types of carrots, and fresh berries with homemade whipped cream for dessert! As if that wasn’t enough, she sent all of us home with an adorable rice krispy treat snowman!

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My co-captain was my secret santa and she got me three amazing pairs of socks and nail polish! Here is the snowman treat; isn’t it adorable!?

Delta Zeta Formal

This past weekend, my chapter of Delta Zeta had our fall semester formal! I thought I would share my outfit and a new skincare secret!

Since it is in November, most people opt to wear darker colors for fall formal, and then go all out with patterns and colorful dresses for the spring. Fall also tends to be less formal.

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Here I am with my little and little little! I wore a black lace dress from Delia’s. I know what you’re thinking… is she 15? But since I am a very small person, if I don’t want to have to take in a dress, shopping at a “juniors” store gives me more fit options. Also, this dress is very adult looking, the perfect length, and it was about $20.

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I chose to accessorize with pops of bright pink, my shoes from Sam Edelman, a skinny Kate Spade bangle, (not shown) my Kate Spade cross body bag, and with my handsome boyfriend!

I curled the bottom three inches or so of my hair with my Jose Eber Clipless Curling Iron. It is actually my favorite hair accessory.

Leading up to formal, I was worried about the effect that the cold dry air was having on my skin. Luckily, I got a special delivery from Influenster: A full size sample of Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair Lotion. I already use Vaseline lotion with Cocoa Butter, but this new formula really seems to penetrate deeper into my skin. It has worked absolute wonders, especially my legs, which get so dry from shaving.

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I had an amazing time at formal and couldn’t be more excited to continue using Vaseline lotion!

 

Beach Haven

Sorry for the lack of posting recently! I got back from the beach and went back to work and lost track of my blog.

I recently spent a week in Beach Haven with my boyfriend’s family. It was a lot of fun.

One of my favorite things was renting bikes. I of course got a pink one with a basket, and funnily enough, Jack got a green one. We’re so preppy.

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On one of the first days, we tried to bike all the way to Barnegat Lighthouse, which was about 13 miles away. We made it 5 and then turned around. It was terrible. After that we stuck to biking to Bay VillageΒ where we got amazing fudge.

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What I’m Wearing

Shirt: Silence + Noise

Shorts: Abercrombie

Bandeau: Pac Sun

Bracelets: Alex + Ani

We spent some time at the beach, just hanging out and goofing around. My big Lilly sunhat protected my super pale skin from burning!

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The best part about where the house was, was that we were right between the beach and the bay. We spent most nights down at the bay watching the sunset.

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Always have to sneak in a Sorority Spirit Jersey pic!

One night, Jack took me out to dinner for a romantic date. It was really nice, though one of my frustrations with the shore is that there are casual restaurants and super duper nice restaurants, but nothing in between! We still had a great time and had some good Italian food at Calabria Ristorante.

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What I’m Wearing:

Romper: Lilly Pulitzer

Overall, we had a great Vacation and it was so nice spending time with Jack’s family, especially his adorable nephew!

Happy 23rd, Marissa!

This weekend I headed to NYC to celebrate my DZ Big Sister’s 23rd Birthday!

Even though she already graduated last year, I can’t help myself from crafting for her. I saw a giant martini glass at Michael’s and decided to decorate it and fill it with goodies.

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The stem is decorated with chevron glitter tape and strips of jewel stickers, which I cut from a larger square. The M came as a sticker, but I laid out the 23 myself by cutting individual jewel stickers from the larger strips. I put one long strip of jewels down the back to hold everything in place and cover up any seams.

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This is the final product! I filled the glass with regular and carmel Hershey’s Kisses and added small bottles of UV Coconut and Smirnoff Carmel and a set of bracelets from Capwell + Co. I also decorated the edge with Lollipops I found at Michael’s.

We made our way into Manhattan on the Lower East Side for a night out!

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What I’m Wearing

Dress: Arden B

Shoes: C. Wonder

After tons of getting ready, singing, and picture taking, we headed over to The DL, Delancey & Ludlow.

When you first walk in, it is a cute bar and restaurant with chandeliers and mirrored bar walls. Upstairs, however, are two more floors. The second floor was pretty empty when we got there, but the top floor has a rooftop garden feel, and it had just the right amount of partiers!

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We all had an amazing time! Happy Birthday Biggles, love you!

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#OOTD

I have always loved rompers, but I have been even more drawn to them recently. I love the idea of something that looks like a dress but won’t flip around in the wind. Plus, pockets. Am I right?

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I love this romper because it is so soft and breezy. The back has a button keyhole opening. It is so easy to either dress it up or down. Pairing a long necklace and wedges makes it a little more glamorous.

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Romper: Aqua

Necklace: Francesca’s (Similar)

Wedges: Jack Rogers (Similar)

Lipstick: Covergirl Blast Flipstick (Cheeky)

Bracelets: Alex + Ani (DZ and Clover)

Outdoor photos by Julia Roe