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Summer Reading List + Goals

As if I haven't already brought it up enough: I am trying to read more. Because of how crazy my life has been (and probably will be for the entirety of the summer), I am focusing on time-management and trying to get used to "busy" being my new normal. We all have the same amount of hours in the day, and getting everything done that we want to accomplish is truly a work of a time management more than anything else. That said, if I want to read more, then read more I will! I just have to prioritize it.


Summer Whites



I originally had a different post planned for today, but after shooting a few outfits yesterday afternoon with my best friend Elizabeth (aka future roomie at University of Wisconsin!!!) I couldn't resist getting this outfit up as soon as possible. I talked about both this t-shirt and these linen pants in a Top 10 posta few weeks ago, and I just couldn't help myself, I had to have them! Not only are both of these pieces probably the most comfortable things you could ever wear, but the material is amazing on both, and the white is incredibly versatile for summer. I chose to style the pieces together with this amazing oyster necklace from Sea Dipped (not kidding when I say I'm obsessed with Sea Dipped... I think their jewelry is so cool, and each sale saves 10 baby sea turtles!! Omg.) and other simple gold accessories, but I totally plan on knot-tying the t-shirt and pair it with flowy shorts, and even trying the pants with a striped tee.


Two Weeks Until Independence Day

You guys... WHAT. Last time I checked, I was struggling to finish finals and anticipating summer so hard. Now? We are two weeks away from July. How does life keep moving so fast! I guess time flies when you're having fun, and especially when keeping busy with so many things you love. 

To me, Fourth of July is always like the peak of summer. It usually feels like a halfway point too, which I can't exactly say that I'm happy about. I really feel like all I've done is rush around and work this summer, and I haven't really made any memories or done anything incredibly exciting with friends. Plus, I am so used to traveling a ton, and this might be the first summer in my whole life that I haven't jet-set at all. I guess this could also just seem like a bit of a let down because by this time last summer I had been to a ton of graduation parties, and celebrating was constantly on the agenda... Ugh. 

Retail therapy, anyone?

Small Space Decor

After heading to the University of Wisconsin this weekend to look at apartments, I am giddy to announce that I think I made up my mind about next semester's plan :) I love the thought of an apartment with a bedroom that's both my own and larger than a shoebox, non-communal bathrooms, and a kitchen (goodbye, dining halls!). Did I mention an infinity pool on the roof, hot tubs and workout facilities a few floors below me, and in-unit laundry! (Yes, I am excited about the in-unit laundry. My laundry skills freshman year were extremely horrific and sub-par at best)

 Although I could use a little training when it comes to cleaning a toilet or emptying a dishwasher (my mom says I am horrible at it, but I think she's just overdramatic), I definitely feel that an apartment lifestyle will greatly improve my college experience. One of the reasons I think I disliked my first semester at Lehigh so much was really just because I couldn't stand my roommate situation. After my roommate and I both moved out and I moved in with a different girl second semester, things were better, but I still did not like that kind of lifestyle... it totally works for some people, but it just didn't work for me. Nevertheless, there were bigger reasons as to why I am not returning, so I don't want to sound ungrateful for the opportunity to go to Lehigh.

Anyway, one thing that was fun about dorm life, besides being down the hall from some of my best friends, was having the opportunity to decorate a small space. The dorms at Lehigh were horribly small, even in comparison to other dorm rooms, and the cinderblock walls were far from aesthetically pleasing, but I just liked that I had a space to decorate (you can see my dorm tour here). I didn't exactly love how my dorm turned out, but I think that was partially because the dorm was so ugly that there wasn't much I could do about it. However, I loved each individual piece in my room and I had so much fun last year picking out decor. 

If you're moving into a dorm for the first time, or living in an apartment at college or outside of college, you might love some of the pieces I have linked below. I love getting excited about these things, and I think shopping for small spaces can be so much fun! I am so excited to be decorating an apartment this year, I can hardly stand it!!! Be on the lookout for more posts like these... I won't be able to resist!

This Week's Top 10


1. Happy Father's Day weekend! Although I'm not heading to Dallas to see my dad, my grandparents are in town and I will be able to spend Sunday with my grandpa. If you need any last minute gift ideas, check out my gift guide here.

2. I posted on my Instagram story a few times this week about a giveaway going on at Paper Envy's Instagram, which is the wedding/stationery place that I have been working at since junior year of high school. In honor of the brand new Paper Envy website that I designed, we are doing a giveaway for a custom set of stationery on insta, and you should definitely all go check it out. It ends today!

3. Speaking of Instagram, thank you all so much for 10,000 followers this week! You are all the best.

4. Another note about social media: my internship started on Monday and so far I am loving it. It's a little bit of graphic design, a little bit of social media, and a lot of web design editing work that I am having a ton of fun with. It's definitely keeping me busy, but I am loving it! The other day I got to make geotags for Snapchat, and it was so much fun. Plus, Fridays are half-days :)

5. I am currently reading Girls in White Dresses, and I plan to read My Paris Dream next... I am super excited about that one!

6. This recipe for a simple cucumber salad with lime vinaigrette looks so refreshing, healthy, and delicious for summer.

7. You might recognize the photo above if you know of Sophie Schumacher, a member of the KJP clan on instagram. Her photos from the Veuve Cliquot Polo Classic were amazing.


9. GO check out my Poshmark!! I have been updating it lately and I am considering any and every offer. I just want things out of my closet!

10. I am heading to UW-Madison tomorrow to tour with my best friend who is also considering transferring there. So crazy that the fall semester is just a few months away, and I am completely uncertain about my plan! Eeeek!

Have a great weekend!
xoxo