City Days


I've been living in this city for about five months now and it's been great. I'm already questioning how I'm going to last nearly four months in "Farm Town USA" this summer before coming back. The other day me and Nadia went for one of our many trips to center city. The day started off perfectly with catching the subway right on time and then ended perfectly with us catching the subway right on time again. In between we walked around Rittenhouse Square and took pictures, now that Nadia has a nice camera as well it's fun to spend the afternoon practicing photography. When we were walking, there was a man who had Bernese Mountain dogs! The dog I have always wanted and will be getting after college! Afterwards we went to La Colombe but then when all of the tables were filled we went for a walk and accidently found the gelato place (pictures of this coming soon!) we have been looking for. Definitely a great day in the city.  

Chiffon and Leather


 Top: Charlotte Russe, Shorts: Olsenboye, Booties: Xhileration, Necklace: Gift
Sorry for the lack of updates! I've had a great last few days with some of my best friends. We've finally found time in our new schedules to go to center city regularly so I'm going to get back in the habit of posting regularly again. Back home, I love wearing unexpected pieces that are hardly ever worn in a small town, especially these new leather shorts. I paired them with tights, chiffon and booties when hanging out with a few of my close friends. I have a lot of new outfit posts to share with you from my break! As most of you know, I can only get outfit pictures when I'm home because Derek is the one who takes the pictures. 

Vogue: Blonde Ambition


Sorry for the lack of updates lately. I'm still readjusting to everything going on here. I miss posting regularly though! I wanted to quick show you all this amazing shoot that Taylor Swift did for Vogue! It was absolutely incredible and I don't think anybody was expecting how she would change her hair just because the magazine asked. Her hair's been straightened like this for well over a month now. She definitely went the extra mile for Vogue. This was her first time to appear on the cover! 

Lakeside Dates


Two dates that I have always particularly liked going on with Derek is both our Pinchot park dates (as seen here and here) as well as our "Bill Mack's" Ice Cream parlor dates (as seen herehere and here). The day before I left to head back to Philadelphia Derek and I ended my Christmas break with two of our favorite dates in the same day. Despite the flurries, we headed to our favorite lake and it ended up being freezing but we stayed for a while anyways. We packed a picnic (consisting of nutella sandwiches), but of course, chose to ate in the car. Afterwards, for dessert we headed out for ice cream. Derek got his usual, cookies n' cream and I got peanut butter chocolate ice cream. I kind of love how we did two things that most people don't choose to do in the winter, ha. That was definitely one of my favorite days of the break. It's great being back in Philly, but now I don't get to see Derek for nearly a month straight. This long distance thing is sometimes hard, but I keep trying to remind myself that it will be worth it in the end. 

Guest Post: Greek Salad


Hey Organized Mess readers!

My name is Bailey and I write over at my little blog Lost&Found.

I am so excited to be guest posting for Chelsea Elizabeth today on her fabulous blog!

Chelsea Elizabeth asked that I post about one of my favorite recipes- which was a huge relief since I am definite lover of all things food and eating.
After some thought, I decided to share with you my recipe for Greek salad.
Super easy. Super yummy.
I love salads, but usually hate the ones that I make for myself.  I don't know what it is, but salads prepared by someone other than me always taste better.
To my relief, this Greek salad exceeded my salad expectations- and I made it!
This little recipe is definitely on the top of my list of favorites! And, it's prefect for entertaining!

What you need:
3 large plum tomatoes, seeded, and chopped
2 cucumbers, coarsely chopped (some peel and seed the cucumber.  I did not)
1 Green bell pepper, seeded, and coarsely chopped
1 red onion, peeled, and chopped
Approx. 2 cups romaine lettuce, chopped
1/2 cup pitted black olives, chopped (optional)
6 tbsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon fresh garlic(or more), chopped 
2 teaspoon red wine vinegar (I always add extra)
1 teaspoon Oregano
1/2 teaspoon dill weed
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese (or, if your like me, more)

First, chop all the vegetables and toss together in a large bowl.  In a separate bowl, whisk together all the salad dressing ingredients.  Taste before serving and add additional salt, red wine vinegar, or lemon juice as you see necessary (I like extra red wine vinegar).  Mix salad and dressing thoroughly.  Add the feta cheese last, tossing lightly.
Inspired by this recipe
Super easy, right?

I not only have a passion for food- I also love to travel, plan my dream wardrobe, daydream about my future with my fiance, and love my two fur babies, Moose and Frankenstein.  My blog follows the ups and downs that make each day of my life an adventure.
Sometimes good, sometimes bad, and always random!

Thank you Chelsea Elizabeth for having me!
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