Neon Lights


Top: Pac Sun, Skirt: American Eagle, Heels: Zara, Necklace: Calico
I'm a girly girl all the way. I'm most comfortable in a sweet floral sundress or in a sweater with a pair of oxfords, but sometimes I like to try something different too. This outfit was fun to put together, I tried to go for an edgier look than usual but didn't stray too far from my look by adding the circle skirt. 

Weekly Recipe: Kale Chips


It's been far too long since I've posted a weekly recipe. I've been hearing people talk about kale constantly due to it's rich flavor and its nutrient fulfillment. Now that I've tried it, I've been adding it in everything; salads, smoothies and now in a chip form. This was a super easy recipe that was easy to throw together when I was hungry for a snack but wanted to opt for a healthier choice. 

There are different versions you can make with this recipe, I found a few fun options here. I opted for a simple one with lemon juice and olive oil. When you make these tear the kale in bite-sized pieces and make sure the kale isn't drowning in the oil otherwise the chips will come out soggy.

Any healthy snacks that you like to make in a hurry?

I Can See It Now


Top: Pacsun, Shorts: Urban Outfitters, Sandals: Gap 

I'm having a hard time believing that at this time next month I'll be sitting in a classroom once again. Despite the stress, in reality, I really don't mind school all too much. Especially now that I'm getting more established into my journalism classes now. It's a good feeling knowing that I'm preparing my mind for a career path that I'm looking forward to being a part of. 

I'd say that the hardest part about going back to school is the lack of, well, Derek. I've grown to appreciate summertime more than ever before these last few years because it's the one time I'm home for weeks at a time. And home is where Derek is. I love my life in Philadelphia, but when I'm home and knowing that the person I love is going to be by my side at one point during each day, well that's something that can't be compensated for when I'm away. 

This summer has been so wonderful with Derek by my side. And I can't imagine going back to only seeing each other every 4-6 weeks for a few days but I know we can do this. Derek's planning on moving to Philadelphia next summer, and although nothing is guaranteed the hope of it actually happening is helping us move forward. Knowing that his love will follow me throughout my days in the city is another comfort. It feels good to know I'm truly never alone, and whenever I'm facing the unknown somebody has my back. 

But summer isn't over and here's to a few more weeks by each other's side. And maybe a few more picnics by the water. 

Begin Again


Dress: Thrifted, Cardigan: Target, Necklace: Vintage (from my great-grandmother), Shoes: Thrifted

Lately I've been feeling like i'm stuck between this weird transition from teenager to adult. Sometimes it's a little bit unsettling and I never know whether I should act more or less mature but at the same time I'm really enjoying this time. At 20 years old, there aren't going to be many more years where I can act like both without really being judged. 

I've never really fit in with the "typical" college student, I have close friends, but they are a lot like me in the sense that we roll our eyes when we hear the other girls talk about drama between their friends or that they had beer spilled on them at some party. But at the same time, I know I'm not adult-like at all in terms of being financially secure or even knowing where to start when something goes horribly wrong. 

This is really just a random thought, something I've been thinking about all day. I guess I'm just trying to say that I really like this time in my life. It's nice being mature when looking at life decisions, yet not having anything really holding me down right now. I really don't understand why people say that high school years are the best years of your life, because as far as I'm concerned those years don't even compare. 

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Best Week Ever.


Soooooooo, last week may have possibly been one of the greatest weeks of my entire life. And no, I'm not exaggerating. I went to Philadelphia with two of my best friends, Adrienne and Derek (friend Derek, not boyfriend Derek. I know. Confusing.) and we had such a fun time despite the heat and lack of internet and cable that mine and Adrienne's house had. I forgot how much I'm in love with that beautiful city and I'm excited to be moving back in a month with Adrienne. And.....WE FOUND AN APARTMENT! Yay! And the best part is that it isn't in North Philly again. 
Here's a little glimpse of our few days together there. It included a beautiful view of the skyline and burgers from the Shake Shack (I went with the shroom burger!) upon our arrival. Later we headed to the Fairmount area to apartment hunt and we went to the OCF coffeehouse across the street from the Penitentiary for iced caramel lattes. That night we went to this bar called the Urban Saloon where they had so many yummy options, I was impressed by how good the crab cake sliders were. The next day we went to the Blue Cat for lunch and I loved the cat theme (duh). We ended our time in the city together by trying to catch a taxi by the art museum for about an hour back to the house Adrienne and I are moving out of. Crazy but so much fun.  The night that Adrienne and Derek left my mom got to the house and we waited in anticipation for the next day because we were FINALLY SEEING TAYLOR SWIFT. We celebrated that morning by getting sundaes at 11am at the Franklin Fountain. The concert was everything I could have imagined and so much more. I cried through the first four songs just because I couldn't believe I was there. Seeing Taylor Swift. In person. I saw her back in 2008 when she was still fairly new and was opening up for Rascal Flatts. She was incredible live, of course I knew she would be after seeing her all those years ago and she was great even then! Ed Sheeran was also insanely good, you can tell he also puts his heart and soul into his music. 
I know not everybody is a fan of Taylor Swift, but you can't argue that she doesn't love her fans. She would just sit down and talk during different parts of the show, and she just made it feel so special for every single person there, and there were 50,000 of us. Each song had it's own stage set up and she just puts so much energy to make sure everything is perfect for the people who are there. You could just tell that she was genuinely nice and sincere and it's so refreshing to see an artist love their fans to the extent that she does. 
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