Friday Fours

Hi everyone! This is my first Friday Fours post, so here is what has been going on in my life. I mean to post this way earlier in the day!
I went skiing for the first time in 10 years on Monday. It was really hard and I fell a lot but it was fun, and of course I had to have a monogram on for it.
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I started a new semester on Wednesday, which means I have all new classes, and went back to ballet. I had my first class in 8 months without my back injury hurting! 
I've been hearing all week from everyone at home in NC that there was a few inches of snow and they've had school off for 3 days! I kind of miss those days, I used to get so many days off when all of the snow and ice was already gone. Meanwhile in PA we have about a foot of snow and no classes have been cancelled and everyone drives like normal. This picture is ridiculously accurate.
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Lilly Pulitzer Spring 2014 Favorites

Hi everyone! So, Lilly Pulitzer has recently released their Spring 2014 line, when I saw a preview of the prints, I was a little worried. The ones pictured were very dull and I thought a little too reminiscent of the old ones (which I've never really been a fan of) but I really love what they have released so far! Here are some of my favorites
Lilly Pulitzer Spring 2014 Favorites

Shift dress

Fit flare dress

Embellished dress

Pink sleeveless shirt

Floral top

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Styling Murfee Scarves

Hi everyone! I got a request to make a post about styling Lilly Murfee Scarves. These cashmere and silk scarves are amazing, I have 2 of them from the Endless Summer Sales. They can be worn in so many ways, and in every season! So here is how I like to style them, in addition to these sets I wore in my last outfit post, and the Lilly Pulitzer blog has a post about them.
Styling Murfee Scarves- Set 1

J Crew red top / 7 For All Mankind low rise jeans, $275 / Sole Society equestrian boots / Crystal bracelet / Initial jewelry / Scarve / Alex and Ani
This is more of a fall/winter look. Just a thick sweater, the scarf (even though I don't have this one, it's my favorite. It's the North Carolina print), jeans, riding boots, and simple accessories. I like how they look with monogram necklaces worn with the scarf, seen here

Styling Murfee Scarves- Set 2

Pink top / Wool skirt / J.Crew ballet flat shoes / C Wonder monogram bangle / Kate spade earrings / C Wonder 14k bangle bracelet / Lilly Pulitzer silk shawl
This is more of a spring look, a light sweater, skirt, flats, and fairly simple jewelry. This could also be done with tights and boots in the fall/winter.

Styling Murfee Scarves- Set 3

Lilly pulitzer dress, $47 / Jack Rogers leather shoes / J Crew j crew jewelry / Kate Spade bangle bracelet / Studded bracelet / Murfee Scarf NYC
This last one is more of a summer look. A simple dress, the scarf, Jack Rogers, and simple jewelry. This is the Lilly Pulitzer Cassie dress, I have several of the tops like this (it's the same as the top of the dress, just a shirt) and I wear them all the time, they're the best!

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Going Back to Ballet After 8 Months Off

Hi everyone! So if you don't know already, I've been training in classical ballet since I was 3 years old. I entered college as a dance major, thinking that I wanted to dance professionally after college. After the first few months of college, I realized that was not true anymore. Ballet went from being what I loved more than anything to nothing but stress. I just felt like I would never be good enough and that life as a dancer just wouldn't be fun, so I dropped to a dance minor. I changed my major to Arts Management, hopefully I will use this major to work on the administrative side of the dance world. I still love ballet, I just do not really enjoy doing it anymore. In May of last year, I injured my spine, so I haven't really danced regularly since then. I rested all summer, and I tried to take a ballet class this fall but my back still bothered me. I have 2 and a half years left of college and 2 ballet classes left to finish the minor so I took last semester off. We had a J Term, which ended Friday, so tomorrow is the beginning of spring semester and my return to ballet. 

Hannah is in this one!

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"Despite the Forecast, Live Like It's Spring"

Hi everyone! So the past few days have been really really cold but Hannah and I got the courage up to go out the snow to take some outfit posts. I'm really done with winter, and it has been snowing all day, so I'm trying to live like the Lilly Pulitzer quote "Despite the forecast, live like it's spring" with some bright colors under my giant gray marshmallow coat.

Coat: Calvin Klein (old), Sweater: J. Crew, Scarf: Lilly Pulitzer (old print), Jeans: True Religion (old), Socks: J. Crew, Boots: Sperry (old), Earrings: Amrita Singh (a Rue La La surprise from my mom!)

Don't forget to enter my Headbands of Hope giveaway!

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How a Southerner Stays Warm in the Northern Winter

Hi everyone! If you're a new reader, you might know that I was born and raised in North Carolina and lived there my whole life. But, for college I go to school in the northwestern region of Pennsylvania. We are actually just across Lake Erie from Canada and the city my school is in is the #1 snowiest city in America. And that's not an exaggeration, 84.5 inches of snow for 2013-2014! This was quite an adjustment for a girl from a place where the average winter temperature is 49 degrees! Since this is my sophomore year, I have kind of developed a system of how to stay warm when we have temperatures around 10 or lower with windchill in the negatives. This week, and it looks like next week is full of those kinds of days, so here is how I typically dress for class for the cold.

Surviving the Cold- set 1

J Crew j crew shirt / Calvin klein jacket / J Brand jeans / Navy pants, $16 / J.Crew waterproof boots / Paul Smith scarve, $82 / Lord Taylor glove / Dorothy Perkins accessory / J.Crew Men's camp socks
I wear basically something like this for days like today, it's currently 8 degrees with a windchill of -2. My long puffer coat is kinda big on me since I'm so short, but it keeps me really warm! Earmuffs are the best for the wind, and wearing fleece lined leggings or just regular leggings under jeans is always really warm. Also I swear by J. Crew camp socks, I may or may not have 7 pairs of them...

Surviving the Cold- Set 2

J Crew blue cashmere sweater / Patagonia clothing / 7 For All Mankind pink pants, $300 / Hunter socks, $37 / Murfee Scarf Crystal Water Trippin And Sippin / Splendid cashmere glove / Hunter Kids Original Gloss Rain Boots
This second set is typically what I wear when there is snow on the ground, but it's about 30 degrees. Corduroys are great because they're just a little warmer than jeans, Hunter boots with the welly socks are nice and warm, and Lilly murfee scarves are super soft and give a great touch of color!

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Interview and Giveaway with Jess from Headbands of Hope!

Hi everyone!  Today I have an interview with Jess Ekstrom, the founder and CEO of Headbands of Hope. Headbands of Hope is such a wonderful company and when they contacted me, I was so excited to work with them! So here are some questions I asked her about the business, and she will be giving away a glitter headband to 2 lucky winners, enter the Rafflecopter giveaway at the end of the post! 

1. When did you realize you wanted to start Headbands of Hope? And what is it about?

Right before my 20th birthday in the summer of 2011, I did an internship at the Make a Wish Foundation of Central and Western North Carolina.  
Everyday, I got to wake up and grant the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses. I took day trips to visit the wish kids at their houses and bring them their favorite toys. We received hundreds of letters from wish children that said we changed their lives; little did they know, they were changing mine.
One day, I was pulling my hair back in a ponytail and thought about the hundreds of girls I encountered that lose their hair to cancer. I saw how much losing their hair had an impact on their self-esteem and confidence level.
I thought about the thousands of girls around the world losing their hair to chemotherapy. Being a young girl presents many struggles with self-esteem already and losing their hair as a result of a life-threatening illness is traumatic. Not only do they have to face the risk of losing their lives, they feel that they lose a part of their feminine identity. 
Therefore I started Headbands of Hope! For every headband purchased, one is given to a girl with cancer and $1 is donated to the St. Baldrick's Foundation to fund life-saving childhood cancer research.

2. What is it like running a business as a college student?

Starting any company is always a risk and you have to take a courageous leap. Especially being a college student, it can be easy to get distracted by other things. But when you have a cause you’re working towards, the long hours don’t really matter. All of the work you put in doesn’t even feel like work because you know everything you do turns full circle to help a girl with cancer. 

3. What are you studying in college? And do you plan to expand Headbands of Hope after you graduate?

I graduated NCSU in May 2013 and Headbands of Hope became my full-time job post-graduation. I also became a public speaker for CAMPUSPEAK. I love going to universities and motivating their students to take action. I'm living proof that you're never too young to start something you believe in. Going to different schools also sparked our campus rep program where students can start a Headbands of Hope chapter on their campus.

4. Do you have any special memories from delivering headbands to girls recovering from chemotherapy? 

Every time I walk into a hospital room, my whole life shifts around and nothing else matters except for that moment. One time, I gave a girl a headband and she said she wanted to give me a headband too but asked if it was okay that my headband was on a piece of paper.

On another hospital visit, I met a 15-year-old girl and spent the day with her. Her mom called me a week later saying that she had passed away. Her mom said she was calling me because she wanted headbands for all of the women to wear to her funeral the next day because she loved her headband so much during her last week of life.

It’s moments like these that define why I do what I do. If I can make a girl feel normal and comfortable in her own skin with just a headband, then I’m going to do everything I can to make give a headband to every girl battling cancer.

5. When did you start the boy's line Headwear of Hope?
I started Headwear of Hope in November. I wanted to give something to all the kids at the hospitals, not just the girls. Even though hair loss might be more traumatic for a girl, it's still something the boys are going through. 

6. How often do you do deliveries to hospitals?
Every week! Usually once or twice a week depending on how many orders we get.

Check out their website headbandsofhope.org to support the St. Baldrick's Foundation and kids suffering from cancer. The headbands are really pretty, and the cause they support is so great! They also have social media you can follow, they will be linked in the giveaway below, which is for one of their glitter headbands, 2 winners will be chosen!

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Radiant Orchid

Hi everyone! For this post I was inspired by the Pantone Color of the Year for 2014, Radiant Orchid. I've seen a lot of people making sets of items with this gorgeous color, so here is how I style it

Sweater: J. Crew (birthday present from my boyfriend), Chambray: Madewell (got it J. Crew Factory for $10!), Cords: J. Crew, Boots: DSW (old), Headband: J. Crew (really old), Bracelets: J. Crew Factory and Alex and Ani, Earrings: Loren Hope
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Photoshoot with Lindley O'Brien- 3 of 3

Hi everyone! As I said in yesterday's and the day before's posts, these pictures were taken by my friend Lindley O'Brien, who is now a photography major and this is her photo blog. This is my third and last outfit from this really fun shoot
Also: I made a Facebook page for this blog!

Shirt: J. Crew, Necklace: J. Crew or J. Crew Factory, not sure, Skirt: Joe Fresh, Tights: Macy's, Belt: Lilly Pulitzer (old), Shoes: Bandolino (Marshall's, a few years ago), Headband: J. Crew (old), Bracelet: J. Crew Factory, Ring: Kate Spade

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