Ama's 2011


I know that the American Music Awards were well over a week ago and everyone is pretty much over them but I still want to take the opportunity to show you what my favorites of the night were. This year, for the most part, I realized that I didn't prefer the short dresses. I liked a lot of different looks this year, from Taylor Swift's shimmery dress to Katy Perry's fun outfit. What was your favorite look of the night? 

I didn't enjoy as many of the performances as I usually do but my favorites were between Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger", Katy Perry's "The One That Got Away" (SO happy this is her new single! Because, as painful as it is to admit, "Peacock" will never be released) and Kelly Clarkson's "Mr. Know It All".
Also, I was incredibly happy that Taylor Swift won all three awards that she was nominated for! 

2 Year Blog-o-Versary!


It's hard to believe that I have been keeping up with blogging for two years now! Two years ago, in 2009, I decided to start blogging again with the creation of "Organized Mess". I love that I have been able to look back at my life through this. I will admit, I do get kind of (okay, VERY) embarrassed by some of the things I wrote (and wore) back when I was 16 and even though I have been tempted to delete some of those old posts I've decided against it. This blog has grown significantly in the last two years, more so in the last year. A year ago today I was thanking you all for having 101 followers. Today I am thanking you for 455 followers. I can't wait to see what the future is like, and I can't wait to look back at this post 1 year from now, or maybe even 5 years from now.
See my first post HERE



This year I have so much to be thankful for. Going off to college, despite how cheesy this sounds, has really made me realize how important some things are that I used to take for granted. Especially my family. 

I am so lucky to have my parents and my little brother and my sister. I'm also so thankful to have my grandparents who have really been there for me when I needed them this year. 

I am so lucky that I'm in college when I thought it wasn't going to work out. I'm also thankful for the friends that I've been making here, I've already made a few friends who I can imagine being in my future and who are there for me. 

I'm thankful for my best friends back home from York and for my best friend who I've had since kindergarten living in West Virginia. I'm thankful for a boy who loves me unconditionally, a boy who I can call my best friend, Derek.

 I'm also thankful for a good book, good food and good company. I'm also thankful for God's love. I want to thank my friends, my family, and Derek for always being there for me, for answering the phone and not getting frustrated when I'm crying or upset. I love them all so much. 

I'm also thankful for my 450 followers! That is so crazy! Thank you all for the nice e-mails and comments I get. Each one means a lot, and I love that you continue to take interest in the blog!

This year we spent Thanksgiving at my grandparents house in Maryland. We had 5 desserts for the 7 of us. Also, their little dog, Gracie got so much attention from all of us. I made my first pie (apple) and my first cheesecake (pumpkin) for Thanksgiving! So, I guess I'm also thankful that they turned out.  



This season I have seen a noticeable amount of velvet. In fact, I haven't seen this much in years. The last time I remember velvet being a big thing was when I was a little kid. Stores like Top Shop, have been embracing it, making full velvet dresses. Other stores, like Free People, have been including it in small dosages. Which do you prefer?
Free People


 I think I lean more towards the velvet incorporated in to outfits instead of being the most noticeable thing.  I do believe, however, that it can be a fun way to dress up for a Holiday party paired with the right accessories.

velvet-holiday set

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