Endless Summer

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While scrolling through instagram all I see these days are fall content and outfits and while I understand that is the nature of the blogging industry and business I am just not quite ready to let Summer slip away just yet! With the weather here in CT still in the high 70s and low 80s I just can’t get myself to want to wear long sleeves or pants just yet.  So to combat that I have been living in dresses trying to soak up every last minute of having bare legs.  Don’t get me wrong, I love me a good cozy sweater and pair of skinny jeans but I know that before I know it I am going to wishing for days where I can just slip on a dress.  There is just something about dresses that make you feel so put together when in reality it took 30 seconds to get dressed.

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I felt like this dress was appropriate for both the weather but the migration toward the changing seasons.  While I know the time for colorful and bright Lilly skirts has come and gone, I am trying to find some pieces that fit both criteria of fall colors and warm temps.  And that is where this dress comes in!  It is both breezy for those hot days on campus but also more subdued in color to fit the fall-ish vibes.

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Also can we talk about these earrings?! Morgan from Atlantic Anchors (check out her adorable blog here) linked to these earrings earlier this summer and when I found out that they were just $8 I couldn’t not buy them!  I love the tassel earring trend going on right now but your girl is on a college budget and can’t afford $50 tassel earrings.  And I have to say the quality of this pair is great! I have already worn them a handful of times and have gotten so many compliments! They are from Amazon and have so many different colors!

Is there a go to item you wear in that awkward transition period between summer and fall?!

Thanks for reading!

xo,
H

 

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I am a Senior?!?!

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I am a senior….  Typing out those words is so strange. It is mind boggling to me that I am a senior in college.  It feels like just yesterday that I was moving into my freshman dorm and meeting my roommate for the first time (Hey Jillian!)  I can’t believe three years have passed since I have lived in my freshman dorm room or began my journey at Fairfield U where I have made some of the most amazing memories of my life.

I have officially finished my first week of senior year and if this week is any indication of how the year is going to go it is going to be a great one, but it is also going to fly by! And that is so sad to think about! I don’t want to leave my friends and the place I have called home the past 4 years.

It is such a bittersweet feeling because I am so so excited for the year ahead of me but at the same time I am also quite nervous and sad that the summer has come to an end.  The “real world” is closer now than it has ever been and that is so scary to think about.  That I will no longer be a college student but an adult; and with that comes with so much more responsibility.

When I was younger I would look up to my older cousins and family friends and think to myself that they were so old and had everything figured out by this age however now that I am actually that age I feel anything but feeling like I have my sh*t together. There is still a lot to take into account and to think about as the year progresses but enough about those scary real world thoughts 😉 I have an entire year to figure all that out (hopefully I do!) Which means an entire year to work hard in school but also have the time of my life and take advantage of every moment and opportunity and perk that comes with being a senior!

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I am going to live up every moment and make a ton of memories with all of my favorite people at one of my favorite places.  I will be living at the beach, having the time of my life and for that reason I am so excited to jump into senior year.  I was also abroad last semester and haven’t seen so many people in 9 months so I have been counting down the minutes until we were all reunited!!  While it is bittersweet to see such a relaxing and fun summer come to an end I am so excited for the start of this new school year!

So here is to being a SENIOR! and to the best year yet!!

Thanks for reading that jumbled post about my thought and feelings about being a senior! Sorry if it made no sense.

xo,
H

Nights in Narragansett

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Time spent with family are some of my favorite memories growing up.  For as long as I can remember I have spent a handful of summer days down on the shores of Rhode Island.  Sometimes we would stay for a week and sometimes just for a day, but come the beginning of August everyone is counting down to beach days in Narragansett.

While life happens and not every year all the family can come it just makes you cherish the time you have with those who are around and reminisce on the times with those who are not.IMG_1797

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Something as simple as taking a nap at the beach, riding the roaring waves, and laughing way to much way too late into the night are just what everyone needs to rejuvenate.  These are the things that get me through the long cold New England winters!

One of the nights while we are down in Rhode Island we all head back from a long day at the beach, shower off the salt and sand, and throw on our beachy outfits.  I snapped these photos down by the water before we headed out to dinner. Thanks Dad for being my photographer for the night!

Thanks for reading!

xo,
H

 

Ruffles in San Sebastian

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One trend that I never thought I would come around to was the off the shoulder look.  I have broader shoulders and never thought it would look flattering on but I have to say once I tried it I loved it.  While in Spain I picked up several off the shoulder pieces including this little ruffled and stripped number! Such a fun statement piece.

After my program ended my parents flew over to visit me.  One of the places we visited during our 10 day trip was San Sebastian.  Guys! This place was stunning! We only spent three days there and it was not nearly enough time! The girls I lived with abroad and I always say that we are going to have a reunion tour in Spain within the next 10 years and when that happens I am making sure this is on the list! Just look at these views!

 

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This outfit was perfect for a day of exploring the adorable little town.  You can never go wrong with a fun top and simple white jean shorts.  I actually snagged the shorts for only 6 euro at, surprise surprise, Primark! I mean how can you not?! I guess you could say I have a Primark addiction and you wouldn’t be far off! I guess that just means I will have to make a trip either to boston or the Danbury mall to check out how the Primark in the states is!

Thanks for reading!

xo,
H

 

 

Barcelona Travel Diary

*We are finally nearing the end of me catching up on my study abroad content.  For those of you who are still interested in reading these THANK YOU! I promise that they are almost done and regular content will continue! I have to say I thought I was going to be able to keep up with my content while abroad but it turned out to just be too much and clearly I took a lot of trips and fell behind on posts because here it is August and I am still catching up!!*

Any who I digress…So after my program in Madrid finished in mid May it was always the plan that my parents would come out and visit and we would visit a few cities in Spain.  The day of my last final my parents landed in Madrid where I showed them the city that had become my home the last 4 months.  We stayed in the most incredible airbnb right in the heart of the city and it was so fun being a tour guide for them.  My parents and I then hopped on a renfe high speed train to Barcelona for the next few days.  The weather was beautiful and I was just so excited to be in sunny Barcelona (Qu Ed Sheehan’s jam Barcelona!)

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Day 1: Our first day in Barcelona we walked from the train station to our airbnb.  It was a little bit of a longer walk than expected.  We then had to wait a little before the flat was ready.  My parents and I then changed, freshened up and headed to La Sagrada Familia (Pro tip: make sure you buy tickets ahead of time so you don’t have to wait in line! They save to your phone so you don’t even have to worry about printing anything!)  We walked around the beautiful church Gaudi designed that is still under construction to this day.  The stain glass on the inside was truly breath taking.  After admiring the La Sagrada Familia for a little over an hour we decided it was time for lunch! We ate and then headed back to the airbnb to relax a little before dinner.

 

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Day 2: We woke up bright and early so we could get in and see Park Guell, another creation by Gaudi, before the tourist crowds got there.  It was so beautiful to look out over all of Barcelona and the mosaic park was so gorgeous and different than anything I have ever seen before.  Gaudi sure had an interesting eye.  We then walked Las Ramblas, a famous tree lined street and ate lunch at the same restaurant we had ate at the night before (I guess we really liked it!) We then walked through a nearby market and bought delicious fresh fruit juice for dessert before heading back for a little siesta in the airbnb.

 

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Day 3:  Mothers day! We decided a beach day was in order to relax.  We headed down to the beach for the afternoon and after relaxing for several hours we headed to see the arc de triumph and stumbled upon a park I had been wanting to see!  We then headed to Cafe Godot, which Kate from Lodestar Southern, had recommended in her Spain travel guide and it did not disappoint.  The food and drinks were some of the best food we had had all week and it was the perfect ending to our time in Barcelona!

We packed so much into three short days in Barcelona and it was so special to be touring Spain with my parents. I had missed them so much over the past 4 months and it was so fun to be reunited and experiencing new places together.

xo,
H

 

Pillow Talk

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Hi friends! I am here with another post about dorm room decorations! It is that time of year again and people have already headed off to school.

My freshman year I wanted decor that was different from the other girls at school…something unique that no one else would have.  (I definitely suggest creating a Pinterest board for inspiration)  There are sooo many cute dorm rooms these days and I found myself pulling an idea from one and an element from another until I had a vision I loved.

Today we are going to talk about one of my favorite bed accessories…Pillows! They are so fun and add so much character to an otherwise plain bedding.  Plus you can never have too many!  The function as not only decoration but comfort and even can be put on the floor for extra seating in a tiny dorm room!  For my room I had a total of 7 pillows, 6 on my bed and 1 on my desk chair for added comfort when I work at my desk.

I knew I wanted Lilly pulitzer accent pillows but didn’t like any of the prints on Garnett Hill at the time.  I love the beach and wanted a more beach-y feel verses the more flowery patterns. Lilly didn’t have any of her other super cute decorative pillows out at this point.  I was frustrated because I was not finding anything I loved or what I was envisioning in my mind so that was when I decided I needed to take things into my own hands and make them myself.  I found Lilly pulitzer fabric on Etsy that was so so inexpensive (This Etsy store has a wide selection, but if you type Lilly Pulitzer Fabric into the search bar you will find tons of results…tip: just make sure that the fabric is not just a scrab but around 18 in. by 18 in.).  I knew that the pillows would be leaning against the wall so I decided to do a solid color on the back of the pillow, with the print on the front to cut down on the price even more (college girl on a budget ;).  I then just found a zipper that went with the colors and an insert that fit. (Side note: definitely use inserts and zippers instead of stuffing. It makes the pillows so much easier to clean. That being said pick up the inserts before you sew to decide what size pillow you want)

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The next pillow I made I picked out turquoise fabric from a local craft store (like JoAnns or Micheals) and went to a local shop that specializes in monogramming.  At this specific store it cost something like $10 to have the machine set up in your thread color of choice and with your initials for the monogram.  It was then $5 per item to be monogrammed.  I was having two things monogramed so it was worth the price as it came out to be about $10 per item monogramed but it would have been even cheaper if I had more items! So I would definitely stock up on items you want monogramed before you go to cut down on pricing. (I would love to have my own monograming machine some day haha…a girl can dream)

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One of the pillows I monogramed was just a sham so once it was embroidered, I just threw a pillow in there and I was set.  The smaller one I had monogramed was just fabric that I later sewed pom pom trim onto the sides and then sewed it into a pillow.

Of coarse I had to throw a motivational pillow in the mix.  My mom had given it to me right before school started. It says live your dreams.  It is on a cute burlap-like fabric with gray pipping.  It was the perfect addition to my pillow party.  Whenever I see it I think of my mom and also that I should always keep fighting to make my dreams come true.

***Now a little disclaimer, I am super crafty and have learned how to use a sewing machine (if you don’t you totally should! It comes in so handy sometimes!)  My mother taught me how to sew from a young age (I even did the JoAnn Fabrics sewing class with one of my best friends in elementary school haha).  Now I know that not everyone knows how to sew or is as crafty but I am sure that you could find someone you know who could help you or you could hire someone to do it (a little pricier).

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Making these custom pillows was so much fun.  It was a great summer activity my mom and I got to do together before I headed off to college.  Also, I was so proud that I had made them myself.  I 100% knew that no other girl on campus would have pillows like mine because I made mine myself! So unique and so rewarding!  Now there is nothing wrong with going out and buying pillows, I am just a crafty person and knew that making my own was something I wanted to do! If you are on the hunt for cute inexpensive already made pillows, I would check out HomeGoods (they usually have a HUGE selection), Target and PotteryBarn dorm for super cute options.

Sorry for this super long post! Just figured I would share what I did for my dorm room! Also these photos were taken in our gazebo so the lighting was really bright, this is not my dorm room haha

What is everyone doing for their dorm room?!

xo,
H

Chambray in Park Guell

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This chambray dress was admittedly an impulse buy.  I was already late for class but saw it in a little store, quickly tried it on and purchased it before I could second guess. Plus for only $13 how could I say no?! And I have to say I am so glad I did!  I wore this to class countless days and it was so easy to just throw on and go.  I didn’t even feel like I had to add accessories and it instantly made you look chic.  My roomies even borrowed it a few times!

Another fun thing about this dress is that you can wear it as either a one shoulder or an off shoulder dress! Both cute and functional 😉   (PS sorry about the wrinkles…between being pulled out of an overstuffed suitcase and wearing it on a humid day I was bound for wrinkle city!)

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It was also perfect to wear while I was exploring Barcelona with my parents.  We had a long day of visiting the sites and it was quite a warm day and this flowwy off the shoulder couldn’t have been a better choice to wear.  I mean you gotta look cute for photos but also be comfortable ya feel me?! 😉

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I can only imagine how many times I am going to wear this when I head back to school and am too tired to think about putting together a cohesive outfit.  I will just reach for this chambray dress and be able to call it a day because of its effortlessness.  A score in my book!

Is there a dress or any item of clothing that you turn to repeatedly?! I would love to know!

Thanks for reading!

xo,
H