Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy almost New Years!

Hello hello!
I cannot believe 2009 has come and gone. It went by so fast! I graduated high school, started college, made new friends, started a blog, mastered the perfect cupcake and brownie, and had many great adventures along the way. I am so very excited for 2010. I truly think things can only get better!

Break has been absolutely wonderful and I have a great time hanging out with all of my wonderful high school friends, the Elles. It's so great seeing all of them, we have not stopped giggling and telling each other stories yet! Tonight we are off to Evanston (where Northwestern is located) to a friend's apartment for dinner and fun! I am excited. It's so terribly chilly here though so I am not sure I will be able to debut my darling new party dress. I may just have to brave the cold! Brownies are in the oven and I just finished a large batch of chocolate covered strawberries so we will be ringing in the New Year with delicious food!

With the New Year comes many new things and resolutions. My biggest goals are to work out more at school and put a small amount of money (a dollar or so) in a little box everytime I do a good deed or do something I am proud of. Hopefully by the end of the school year I will have enough money to buy something special.. can you say a new pair of Tory's? Or a Lilly shift? I say so!

Have a terrific New Year's!
xx, M
PS: I am also going to resolve to blog at least twice a week!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas Eve Y'all!

I am so happy to be home. It is absolutely wonderful to see all of my best friends from high school and have no school work to work on. It's so great to just relax and catch up on all of my mom's DVRed episodes of Martha! I missed watching Martha everydday! Santa comes tonight and I cannot wait to open up all of my gifts!
Merry Christmas!!
xx, M

Thursday, December 17, 2009


Oh my gosh, I absolutely cannot wait to get home! I am so terribly sick of studying and taking tests. I think I studied more than I have slept! One more tomorrow, Physics.. which I haven't even studied for yet! But then in the afternoon I fly home! Oh goodness.. I cannot wait!
Talk to y'all once I get home!
xx, M
PS: Thank you so much for all the good luck wishes!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Christmas Christmas Christmas!

Oh my goodness, I cannot wait until Christmas break! Absolutely CANNOT wait! I am so looking forward to being home, seeing all of my friends and family and most importantly not doing any school work! It's going to be so wonderful. One more week to go. Finals week though, so it's going to be pretty challenging. I can make it though! I still cannot decide what to get my mom for Christmas, any ideas? What are y'all getting your parents?
I'll keep you posted with how finals go!
Enjoy your break y'all :)
xx, M

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Thank goodness it's almost the weekend :)

Hey everyone!
I hope you have all had terrific weeks so far. I am so glad tomorrow is Friday and Thanksgiving break is approaching! I cannot wait to go home and see all of my friends and family! It's going to be great! My past two weeks have been super busy so I am really looking forward to being able to go out this weekend and being able to sleep in.

I had such a great weekend last week! Three of us girls went home with my friend Kaitlyn, which was wonderful. We got to get off of campus and have a delicious home cooked meal. And guess what? We went to the outlet mall! It was such a success. We all hit the jackpot at J.Crew. I got two adorable cardigans, the navy Jackie cardi and this adorable plum cardigan for... $25!! I also got a great fitting pair of cords that were $25 as well and an adorable headband. It was a total success. We then headed to the Ralph Lauren outlet where I bought 4 of their signature v-necks, I love those! I wear them all the time to class, they are so comfortable. I also got a pair of black sweatpants which will look cute to wear to class as well. It was so nice to shop! We all then headed back to her house and watched movies and had a slumber party. Sunday we headed to Target and Wal-Mart because we were all in desperate need of food for our rooms. I stocked up and got so many snacks. This week was pretty hectic- 2 big tests on Monday but I did well on both of them! I am so very relieved and now I can really have a relaxing, fun weekend! I will definitely post next week over break!
Have a great Thursday night!
xx, M
PS: Any of you who are seeing Twilight, I am so jealous!! Have fun, enjoy Edward!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Two post Sunday!!

Hi again!
Big thank you to Sally at Everything is Better in Pink for the award! It's so nice of you! So sorry I didn't realize earlier. That is so cool that you applied to UD! I'm sure you would love it here. Definitely feel free to email me if you have any questions or want to know more.
Here are the rules for this award:
1. Thank the person who nominated you for this award.
2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog.
3. Link to the person who nominated you for this award.
4. Name 7 things about yourself that people may not know.
5. Nominate 7 Kreativ Bloggers.
6. Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate.
7. Leave a comment on each of the blogs letting them know they've been nominated.

7 Things Y'all May Not Know...
1. I want to be a teacher either 3rd or 4th grade.
2. I was born in Texas! I think that's where I got my love for the South.
3. I love Swedish Fish and Hot Tamales.
4. I always have my nails painted, always.
5. I have a bad habit of downloading music when I am bored. I actually just downloaded the Carrie Underwood cd and the Glee cd, I would definitely recommend them both!
6. I live on top of a very mighty hill.
7. I read blogs everynight before I go to bed!
I am passing this on to...
The Company She Keeps
Black Labs and Lilly
Let's Be Preppy!
Pink and Green Precious and

Precious and Pink
Seersucker and Sundresses"
Southern Sunshine
Thanks again!

I'm Back!

Hey y'all!
I am so sorry I have not been very diligent with my blogging lately. I have been super busy! Things have really picked up and I have had quite a bit of homework and lots of studying\papers. I really like UD though, everyone is so terribly friendly and nice! Things did get really hard right after fall break though. That was the first time I got super stressed and called my mom a few times in tears. She was super supportive and got me through those tough two weeks. I definitely learned the importance of being assertive and talking to my professors and reaching out for help. Plus I reminded myself that I have only been in college for two months and it is quite different from high school. How are y'all doing so far? Have you had stressed out calls to Mom yet?
I have a really great new strategy though that has helped me budget my time. I write down all of the things I have to do in a day.. Physics homework, eat lunch, meet someone for dinner etc.. and give them each a certain amount of time. That allows me not to get wrapped up on just one assignment and allows me to get everything done. It is really helpful! And at the bottom of each day I write down something in my planner to look forward to or a positive thing. Y'all should try it out, it really has relieved a lot of my stress!

So weekends! Oh weekends, how I love them! The weekends are super fun. Lots of fun parties and things to do. Halloween has been the best weekend so far. It was so fun to see everyone dressed up and look totally different for the night. I definitely opted for a cute costume rather than a super trashy one. This past weekend the girls on my floor and I did Dance Marathon. It was so fun but so long! I am so tired today and my body is sore! We danced for 12 hours! Yes, 12 hours! I have made some super great friends too, one of which is super girly like us and loves everything pink too! Those are the big things going on with me lately.

I will try my hardest to be more diligent with blogging!
Have a great week!
xx, M

Sunday, November 1, 2009


Hey y'all!
I hope you had a wonderful Halloween! I'll do a longer post sometime this week!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Thank goodness it's the weekend!

Hey y'all!
So sorry I haven't been around much! I have been absolutely swamped with homework, midterms, and papers. It is definitely a lot! I think I am now really realizing just how different college really is. I had a few super stressed out days but am definitely feeling better now. It's so nice that it is the weekend! Last night my roommmate and I just stayed in, ordered in food, and had a Gerard Butler marathon. It was nice and super relaxing. I am really trying to have "me time" everyday from now on. I think I was focusing too much on homework instead of looking at the big picture and allowing myself to just chill out. Today I just worked on some homework and have been catching up on all of my television shows. I watched Glee, Real Housewives of ATL (My guilty pleasure!), The Office, and The City! It's been a good Saturday so far! We are going on a Wal-Mart run later and to dinner. Can you believe I am so excited to go to Wal-Mart? Then out tonight! And next weekend is Halloween,I'm so excited! I am being cat! What are y'all being for H-Ween?
Have a wonderful weekend!
xxxx, M

Saturday, October 17, 2009


Hey y'all!
Quick post tonight! Sorry I have been so absent this past week, things have been crazy! I have an EXTREMELY hectic\stressful week so I am so happy it is the weekend! Yay! Last night my roomie and I just watched movies and ordered in. It was fun and a nice break from doing silly homework. Tonight I am going out though. It is getting pretty chilly here so I will have to figure out a cute yet warm outfit. If only it could stay dress weather forever! Any outfit ideas?

Happy Saturday!!
xxx, M

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Fall break!

Hey y'all!
I hope y'all are having wonderful weeks so far. I am going back home tomorrow for fall break! I cannot wait! I have had quite the few days, full of tests and lots of assignments. Yesterday I had a physics test (icky!) and it didn't go as well as I would have like it too, so hopefully I did okay. Then today I had a day full of dorm chores and homework. Tomorrow I have a big religion test and then I fly home! I really cannot wait. It will be nice to be back in my house and in my own big room. I am all packed, I filled my Vera duffle to the brim with all my summer clothes. As you know, dorm closets are so teeny! My closet was filled to capacity so by bringing some of my summer clothes home (summer dresses, Lilly shifts) back I should get a little more room. I am so anxious to go shopping when I am home too! And to a Target! Oh how I miss my Target sprees with my mom! There are only Wal-Marts nearby so I haven't had any Target trips in awhile! I need to bring all of my corduroys back and my warmer cardigans. I will spend the majority of the time home with my parents and will get to see one of my best friends, so that's exciting. My friend and I are all set to go Halloween shopping. What are y'all being for Halloween? I was thinking about being a cat one of the weekends and then Pebbles! I will let you know which I decide and what my costume looks like!
Happy almost Wednesday!
xx, M

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Absolute love!

Oh my gosh, this dress is so cute!

Happy Weekend!
xx, M

Wednesday, September 30, 2009


Hey y'all!
I hope you are having lovely Wednesdays so far. It is officially fall here in Ohio! It is quite chilly out, only 50! I am so glad I have my North Face and my new rain coat to keep me nice and toasty. The start of fall has seemed to catch everyone here by surprise since just last week we were all wearing shorts and sandals! It sure is a crazy weather pattern. I got two new pairs of jeans this weekend, so I am all set with my pants. I cannot wait to get all of my favorite J.Crew corduroys when I go home for fall break (in just one week!) and all of my favorite heavier cardigans. I basically live in cardigans, dark jeans\corduroys and Tory Burch flats or Topsiders during the fall. Oh and I have a new way to style my Topsiders! I simply pair them with a pair of colored footie\socks. It looks really cute and keeps your feet a little warmer. The socks must obviously go with the rest of your outfit, I usually wear pink or navy ones, and they really make your outfit.

I am definitely lusting after the new navy,suede Revas. They are so darn cute! For anyone who is yet to own pair, you are missing out! They are quite comfortable and add a little something to your outfits on those days where you need a little something. The price tag is a little pricey, but I am telling you they are well worth it. Try looking on the TB website too, I found my suede pair last year on sale for only $115. And of coarse constantly check your local Nordstrom or department store. My only complaint was that they were not super comfy in the beginning, but like any other pair of flats, they get broken in quickly. They really are a fantastic buy.

Happy last day of September!
xx, M

PS: I missed Gossip Girl this week (awful, I know)! How was it?

Friday, September 25, 2009

Rain rain go away!

Hi everyone!
Just a quick post today in between classes (I have 4 today :/). It is super dreary here, cool and raining. Absolutely yucky. Yesterday it started to pour just as I started to walk down to class. It was awful! But today since it is raining again I was thinking about pulling out my bean boots! It seems like a good opportunity to sport them. I just hope they aren't uncomfortable since I haven't worn them at all yet. Were they comfortable for you the first time you wore them? And I forgot the worst part of the day, my umbrella broke just as I was going downstairs! My mom must have accidentally packed the faulty umbrella that did not open! So I had to run back upstairs and thankfully my roomie let me borrow hers! It was just quite a day. Since I do not have a working umbrella I will have to pick one up.

Here are a few of my top choices that are both preppy and practical..

A lovely Vera..

A darling pink and green option

Even umbrellas can be monogrammed!

And to make things even better, this weekend is parent's weekend! I cannot wait to see my parents! I haven't seem them since August so it will be so wonderful to be with them. We plan on doing a lot of shopping and definitely going to Wal-Mart! (I'm sure you're jealous on that one). I am in desperate need of groceries and new clothes. I will try to post on Sunday to let y'all know about the weekend!

Happy Friday!
xxx M

Saturday, September 19, 2009

College student must-haves (University of Dayton edition!)

Hey y'all!
Happy Saturday! I am so happy it is finally the weekend! I stayed in last night and just relaxed after a very busy and tiring week. My roommate and my friend Emma and I watched Final Destination 3 and just as one of the characters was about to be killed, the fire alarm went off! It was so scary! I instantly jumped up and was so frightened! Scary movies are not my thing that's for sure. Today I don't have too much going on, I am going to work on my Religion readings and go work out. Then tonight we are going out! Yay!

So back to the post. Since I live on top of a mighty hill and spend a lot of my time walking to class, I play a game along the way. I call it the trend game. I pick a trend (think LL Bean totes) and count how many I see along the way. In high school, I would play it with my friends all of the time and we would count the UGGs, which were literally everywhere! So I thought that I would share with you some of the big trends I have seen\counted on campus..
We'll start off with our collegiate store of choice, J.Crew...

The perfect, summer cardigan that looks great with everything.

Critter flip flops, a college student's most comfortable shoe option!

The perfect option for those hot days when you want to look cute and comfortable.

On to the collegiate carryalls..

The ever stylish Vineyard Vines tote!

Longchamp in navy, pink, or black.

The classic LL Bean backpack (which has worked great so far!)


Jack Rodgers

Vineyard Vine flip flops

Sperry Topsiders, a favorite of both boys and girls around campus.

Vera Bradley, a must-have!

Enjoy your day!
xx, M

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Schools supplies gone prepster

Hey y'all!
I hope you are all having nice weeks. Very busy week for me, cannot wait for the weekend! Wednesday's are my favorite day of the week though because it is the day where I go and tutor inner city kids. It is such a great and fulfilling thing and I absolutely love all of the kids. They are just the cutest! One of them, Ebony, told me that I was a "beautiful diva." Some days you just need those special pick me ups and hugs from kids!

I thought it would be fun to show y'all how I had a little prep to all of my school supplies. Collegiate C and I started doing this last year and we always get compliments on our cute binders. Since most binders look the same and are quite plain we sproose them up with a darling background graphic.

A few simples steps...

First you simply pick the picture of your choice (a favorite Lilly print, Vineyard Vines whale, Edward Cullen, Vogue cover etc)
Then print it out, and slip it behind the clear cover.
In those three steps you are done! Not only does it look darling but it helps you to distinguish between binders.

Have a great day!
xx, M

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Can you say love?

Kate did it again! Her fall collection is perfect!

Hope the little Kate preview brightened your day!
xx, M

Saturday, September 5, 2009

A peak inside my make-up bag!

Good morning girls!

I hope you all have lovely Friday's! I thought I would do a post about my go to make-up items. I love love make-up and getting ready at night so I thought I could take y'all along with me on my make up regimen.

During the week, I stick with the basics when it comes to make-up. I usually wear my favorite MAC spot cover up which fixes those blemishes and small spots. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who does not want to use a full foundation that you have to put all over. Then I move onto my CoverGirl tanfastic bronzer. I put that all over my face exactly where the sun would hit. I then move onto my Sonia Kashuk beautifying blush which I absolutely love! I am a big blush person and this one is by far my favorite. I wear it in a rosy pink which seems to work well with my complexion. The last step is my mascara. I am a huge mascara fan and love the look of really long eyelashes. I used to stick with the pink and green Maybelline mascara but I have moved onto the Maybelline Pulse Perfection. It is the vibrating kind and really does make your lashes look longer. I would recommend it to anyone who isn't positive they like the vibration and doesn't want to buy the Dior or Lancome mascaras. I finish with my Bonnie Bell (Yes, I'm still a fan at 18!) Dr. Pepper lip balm. It gives me a hint of color without being too much for class. I finish off with a little of my Lilly perfume and I am set for the day! At night I use MAC make-up remover wipes which work really well. I have tried countless other brands and no other brand seems to work as well as the MAC wipes. They take off eye make-up easily and do not leave your face feeling greasy afterwards.Hope you enjoyed the peak inside my make-up bag!

Have a great Saturday and long weekend!
xx, M

Thursday, September 3, 2009

A look inside of my dorm!

Hi girls!

I finally found time today to blog! My next class is not for a few hours, so I have time to catch up with y'all. So sorry for the long blogging hiatus!

Last week was the first week of classes and a total whirlwind. Most of my teachers seem nice and the homework hasn't been too terribly overwhelming so far. It is so much reading though, none of which is very interesting! How did you college girls get through all of it? Any suggestions?

I really like college so far! It is definitely a lot different then high school but in a good way. Everyone here is so very polite and all of the boys are very nice. I have spotted a ton of boys wearing Topsiders and many pairs of the J.Crew critter flip flops and Vineyard Vines flip flops. Lots of cute outfits too. And guess what? I found another Lilly lover! The girl across the hall loves Lilly too! So we of coarse bonded instantly. I also found another girl who likes VV! Clothes is an instant bond in my book.

So without further a do here is what my dorm room looks like...I'm sure y'all just cannot wait to see it!

Here is my bed.. the pink polka-dot\seersucker quilt is working perfectly. I have gotten so many compliments on it!

And here is a closer picture at my pink and green pillow and monogrammed green sheets. Oh and Miss. Raggedy Ann :)!

My desk, which at the time looked a bit messy.

I had to bring the preppy bibles along!

Our food area! (Notice the cute Jackie O magnets)

My teeny weeny closet!

Extra storage space.. (I'm the left side)

Our curtains and lovely Edward Cullen!

Hope y'all enjoy the look inside my room! Have a great Thursday!
xx, M

Monday, August 24, 2009

First few days

Hey y'all!
Sorry I have totally neglected y'all for the past few days. I have been SO busy! My family and I left with our car super packed on Thursday for Dayton and all arrived in one piece. We had all of Friday to walk around campus and see more of the town which was nice and made me less nervous about things. We also went out to dinner with my roomie and her family which was great. Saturday was move-in day and a total whirlwind. We left our hotel around 645AM and were busy practically all day and night. Even though it took quite a while to unpack everything our room looks darling. Sunday we had mass and then I went out to lunch with my parents and said goodbye. It was hard saying goodbye but I know that I'll talk to them all of the time. Sunday was a lot of ice breakers (don't you just hate those after a while?). I met a few other girls which was nice.It is kind of awkward though but I'm sure that will all change once we all get used to everything. Classes start Wednesday so I'm sure I'll meet more people then. I will try to do a dorm room picture soon!

Hope y'all had great weekends!
xx, Melissa

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

One Last Batch

Hi girls!
I just wanted to post real quick before I leave town for Ohio! I still cannot believe I am going to be blogging from college just a week from now! I talked to my roommate yesterday and she seems just lovely. So nice! She already moved her stuff in so she told me all about our room. It seems like our room will work out and we should be able to fit everything. I am pretty much done packing all of my stuff. You don't realize how much stuff you have until you have to pack it all up. How did you college girls fit it all? We are borrowing a bigger car and using one of the overhead containers so it should all fit. Keep your fingers crossed y'all!

I went out with my girlfriends tonight to say goodbye. It was quite bittersweet. Even though I know we all have so much ahead of us it still is sad to say goodbye to friends. Since I was a little bit sad I decided to bake for the last time before I go. My dorm only has a kitchenette the floor shares so I won't be baking until Thanksgiving. I decided to bake my speciality cupcakes and a batch of brownies. Both came out wonderfully and made me feel much better! Baking really does calm nerves.

AND girls, guess what? I got all of my finished monogrammed dorm stuff yesterday! It all looks DIVINE!! I really really like it! It came out even better than I imagined. I can't wait to put it all out in my dorm and use my new towels when I take a shower.

Well that's all for now, I will be back to you hopefully after move-in on Saturday! Have a great week!

xx, M

Sunday, August 16, 2009

"It's not goodbye, it's see you later..."

Hi everyone,
I hope you are all having great weekends. Today is my last day of work so I am quite excited! I will have all of Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to pack and get all of my last things together. It sure is a lot of stuff to pack. My mom and I packed pretty much all of the things we had bought like all of the toiletries, school supplies, and all of my folded clothes. I am planning on only bringing some summer stuff and the start of my fall clothes. My parents will be back up at the end of September so it's silly to lug all of the stuff when they can just bring it when they come later in the month. It's really starting to hit me now! I only have 4 more days until I am officially a grown-up college student! That's such a crazy thought!

My first friend left today for school. Collegiate C said her goodbyes yesterday and headed out today. We spent her last day at the beach which was nice and then went back to her house and had a delicious dinner. It was a great thing to do before we all started to leave. It's definitely a little bit sad saying goodbye to all of my best friends since so much will change once we get to school and make entirely different friends. I am excited to see how everyone changes and to go and visit them at their schools.

My backpack arrived on Thursday! It seems like it will be the perfect size and fits my laptop perfectly. I think my mom and I are going to go shopping this week to get a few last minute things. I got the new LL Bean catalog and am eyeing the darling pink and green raincoat. It will be just perfect for rainy Ohio in the Fall. I also want a pair of navy Keds. I have a pair of red ones but they got all icky inside from wearing them so often so I may try to pick up a navy pair.

Have a great Sunday!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Question and answer time!

Hi girls!

Sorry for my lack of posts lately, I have been really busy with getting ready for school ( I leave in just one WEEK!). I cannot believe I leave in only a week! I feel like the summer as truly flown by! I am so glad I started my blog this summer and so thankful to all of you wonderful readers. It always brightens my day to read all of your lovely comments and to see I have a new follower. It's great to read your blogs and learn about new and creative things. Y'all are really wonderful! I had said in my post a few days ago that I would do a question and answer post, so here it is!

What college will you be attending this fall?
I will be going to University of Dayton in Dayton,Ohio. It is about five hours from my town so not too terribly far. As you already know, I am very excited!

What will you be studying in college?
My major is English Education. I plan on being a middle or high school English teacher. My mother is a teacher and I see just how extremely rewarding it is to make such a difference in a child's life.

What kind of music do you listen to?
Well as y'all know, I really like indie bands like Delta Spirit, Andrew Bird, Ben Folds, and Vampire Weekend but I also like all kinds of music. I like to listen to Frank Sinatra (just like Summer Wind!), Beyonce and Black Eyed Peas when working out, Coldplay, Kanye West and I love all of the OC Mix CDS.

What are your guilty pleasures?
Oh goodness, well I am TOTAL sucker for bad reality television. I DVR all of my favorites including NYC Prep, Real Housewives, Toddlers and Tiaras (it's so addicting!), and all of the bad MTV shows. Reality television is enticing!

What is your favorite store?
I would have to say my favorite store would probably be J.Crew. Most of my clothes is from J.Crew and their clothes seem to fit me the best. I love when the catalogs come and looking at them over and over again for new styling ideas. I also really like The Gap and Ann Taylor Loft. Most recently I have gotten into the LL Bean craze and just ordered a bunch of clothes for college. I sadly have never gone to a Lilly store! Can you believe that? There's only one in IL and it's very far away so all of the Lilly things I have I have gotten at either Ross or online.

What's your favorite item of clothing?
I guess I don't have one favorite item but a few that I think I will hang onto forever. My J.Crew cashmere monogrammed sweater I got for Christmas that I wear to pieces would definitely be a favorite of mine. I am a big fan of dresses and seem to buy one every time I go shopping. I also love capri's, I have them mostly every color and wear them quite often. I think they are very feminine and always look so cute.

Are you planning on rushing a sorority?
I am planning on rushing. At my school, you do not rush until second semester so I will have plenty of time to get acclimated and find which sorority fits me the best. I am hoping there is a Kappa Kappa Gamma on campus!

What is your favorite television show?
My favorite television show would definitely be Gossip Girl. I just love Blair, she is so fabulous and I also really love Chuck Bass. Blair's style is impeccable and I love all of her bows and headbands.

Do you have a boyfriend?
I do not have a boyfriend. I did not have a boyfriend all of high school actually. The boys that I went to high school with were never my type and were always very immature and into the same kind of girl. I am hoping that the boys in college will be different and I will be able to find my kind of boy. I like preppy boys, not a surpise, and boys that are nice of coarse and have good morals and get along with many types of people.

What is something you are proud of?
Well of coarse I am very proud of myself for getting into a good college. I am also proud of myself for becoming a lot braver and less square. Something my friends and I were proud of this past school year was being voted "Best Dressed" in our school's yearbook for our Blair Waldorf style. We all just about died when we found out that we all got it and it was because of our Blair style! It was very exciting!

How did you get the idea to start blogging?
I had read blogs for quite awhile before I got the idea to start my own. I used to read the Teen Vogue website and came across the blog section and that is where I first found out about blogs. I then starting reading Teen Fashionista and somehow came across Hopsy's blog. I fell in love with all of her Lilly's and her positive and creative take on life. I found many others that I loved along the way and after graduating high school decided to take the plunge and start College Belle!

I hope you learned a little something about me! Have a lovely night, only a few more days until the weekend!

xx, M

Monday, August 10, 2009


Hello hello,
I had an absolutely WONDERFUL time at Lollapaloooza this weekend! It was by far the best weekend of summer. The weather was less then delightful in true Chicago fashion, but we made it through and had a great time.

We arrived in the city around 1030AM on Friday and headed over to my aunt's condo which looks over Grant Park(where Lolla was held) and got ready to head over. At that time it was just really muggy so I was in my melon cigarette pants,navy crew neck,and pullover cable knit sweater and my topsiders. Much to our dismay it started to rain the minute we got to the park. The cold and rain didn't stop for six hours!!!! My poor poor topsiders are very very muddy and may not be able to be saved. The rain and mud just demolished everyone's feet. I honestly didn't think I could get as dirty and icky as I did over the weekend! My friends and I didn't get back until 12AM on Friday and were pooped! My favorite shows on Friday were Kings of Leon and Andrew Bird, both really good.

Saturday was the start of the heat. I wore shorts this time and my gingham shirt and my older pair of J.Crew grosgrain flip flops. It was so terribly humid out that my hair quickly turned into a very very curly mess. The two best shows were Delta Spirit (y'all should check them out!) and Santigold. I absolutely loved them both! They were very fun shows full of dancing.

Sunday was by far the hottest day. It was almost 100 outside and super humid out. I was super excited though because it was the day Vampire Weekend was playing! As y'all know they are my absolute favorites! They were GREAT and every bit as good as I expected. The band was all dressed in perfectly preppy outfits, each in a different RL oxford. My friends and I fell in love with them the minute they stepped on stage. It was a wonderful show as were The Killers.

By the end of the weekend, I was pooped and a bit fried by being in the sun for two days. It was the best weekend of summer and a great thing to do with my besties before we all leave for college. I loved every minute of it and enjoyed seeing so many great bands and intersting people.

I thought it would be fun to make y'all a playlist of a few of my favorites from the weekend. Enjoy!

People C'Mon:Delta Spirit
Starstruck: Santigold
Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa: Vampire Weekend
Kate: Ben Folds
Rockin' the Suburbs: Santigold
Hang me up to dry: Cold War Kids
Summertime Clothes: Animal Collective
Mansard Roof: Vampire Weekend
Roxanne: The Knux
Myknos: Fleet Foxes
Textbook Love: Fleet Foxes
17: Kings of Leon
Jenny: The Killers

Have a lovely night!
xx, M

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Lifes a changing

Hello again,

I hope y'all are having wonderful Wednesdays. I went to breakfast this morning with a few friends from high school which was lovely. Both of the girls are going to state schools in the area and are leaving in just one week for college! It really got me thinking about college and how I only have TWO more weeks left! I cannot believe the summer flew by so quickly. I am definitely starting to get a bit anxious yet very very excited. I know college will be a life changing wonderful experience and that life is really just beginning. It definitely is a bit scary though!

I have pretty much everything for my dorm room. Did I tell y'all that my roomie and I are having no other than a pink and green color scheme! I'm sure it will look darling. I cannot wait to see everything set up. Thank you Summer Wind for your wonderful hints about what to buy for college. They were all very helpful!

After careful contemplation, I have decided to just get a backpack for class. My dorm is up on top of a hill so not very centrally located. I was set on getting either a new Vera tote (the new prints are divine) or a LL Bean tote but have decided to do otherwise since I will have to carry my laptop, books and other necessary items up and down the hill and to class everyday. I am going for the classic LL Bean book bag in navy with my monogram. It will be sturdy and efficient and serve as a perfect carryall. Do you college girls use totes or backpacks?

Oh and I forgot to tell y'all where I will be this weekend! My friends and I are going to Lollapalooza! I am so terribly excited. For anyone who does not know what Lollapalooza is, it is a big concert held in Grant Park here in Chicago with about 100 or so bands. There are different stages and you can just walk around and go to the various shows. It is a 3 day event and the girls and I will be going all 3 days. Since we don't live in the city, we are staying at my aunt's second home in the city that overlooks the park. I am just so excited! It will be my first big concert and I will be able to see many of my favorites. My favorite band, Vampire Weekend (total dreamboats!) will be there as will Fleet Foxes another one of my favorites.

I won't be posting over the weekend but will try to maybe do a quick post tomorrow after work. Oh yes and I was thinking about doing a question and answer post next week to answer a few questions, do y'all have anymore questions you would like me to answer? I hope y'all have a fantastic rest of the week!

xx, M

PS: Prissy Southern Prep, may I have an invite to your blog? And congratulation BLC, what an exciting time for you!