Ahh! I can’t believe 2017 is finally here and that 2016 has officially come to an end.
I will say, 2016 was such a roller-coaster of a year! There were many up’s and down’s, but a lot of great things had come out as a result. I finished the year strong by going on an amazing trip to Israel on Birthright! I had an incredible experience and gained over 40 new friends!
Mural in an alleyway located in the Jerusalem shuk (market)
It has been full-steam ahead since 2017 began! I’m in my last semester in college (say, what!?) haha. I’m now working full-time hours at my internship, taking a full load of classes — and one of them is yoga — which I will say I was skeptical to take at first. However, now that we just had our first class today, I couldn’t be more excited for it! I’m also planning on doing research with a professor (if it’s possible) and working on a project with my peers to present at a conference in March.
I’m very excited to experience and see all the new beginnings this year brings! 🙂
xo – Britt
“I don’t know about you, but I’m feelin’ 22!” haha (Thanks Taylor Swift)
Well, if you couldn’t guess, it’s my 22nd birthday today (woohoo!) I’ve decided to reflect on all the life lessons I’ve learned thus far, as I’ve made it to this point in my life. It hasn’t been an easy road, but I’m so thankful for my journey! I’m excited for all that lies ahead and for all the new life lessons I’ll learn along the way. 🙂
- Rejection is inevitable, however it is essential. It helps to keep you humble, motivated, and teaches you to look forward to the future. There is always an opportunity for something better to come your way — if not today, than tomorrow.
- Don’t let your insecurities define you. As my idol Joan Jett sings,
“Insecure – everybody feels a little
Insecure – tell ya one thing I know for sure
We’re all a little insecure
You shouldn’t care what people think of you
All you can do is be yourself
No matter how they see you
You really can’t be somethin’ else
You’re not the only one that feels this way
Inside they look the same as you
When it seems never ending
Remember they’re pretendin’ too …”
- Failure is the ultimate foundation to grow and to build on to create your success. Ever since I was born, I was expected to fail. Being born premature, my brother and I were given less than a 10% chance of survival. I was rejected from a few different schools when I was younger, because I needed extra help with my learning. I wasn’t picked for most activities, whether in school or at camp, because I was to quite and shy. Well, just as these 50 famously successful people who failed at first, I showed myself and the world, how you can’t let the bets placed against you equal your worth. I’m one semester away from being a college graduate, I landed a fantastic internship with an incredible company, and I have such an amazing support system.
- Embrace your individuality, because there’s only one you. 🙂
- If you have a few close friends, you’ve hit the jackpot. I’ve never been that tyoe of person to have tons and tons of friends. I’ve only ever had a few good friends for I’ve always been very picky, haha. However, the few that I do have are people I know I can trust, count on for anything, and know that they’ll always be there. So, if you can count your close friends on one hand (even more so on two), know you’re very lucky!
- You don’t have to like something just because someone (or society) tells you to. I can honestly say I’ve never fit in. I’ve always felt I was more mature than my age group, and was never into the mainstream trends. Even if I did become interested in them, it wasn’t until months after they were old news. Its taught me that just because something’s popular, doesn’t mean it’s supposed to make you happy.
- Travel as often as you can. For there are some lessons that can’t be taught in the classroom.
- Don’t let yourself be a pushover. From many different experiences, it doesn’t help you or the situation. Stand your ground and confront the conflict head on. I know it’s easier said than done, because believe me — it has taken me a while to implement it. However, since I’ve become more aware of it, it has allowed me to become more confident in my opinions and decisions.
- Don’t beat yourself up, you’re doing the best that you can! Whether it’s trying a new fitness regime, finishing that new (well, now old) book, or keeping up with your assignments … remember you’re only human! If you can’t get everything done that you wanted to today, there’s another day just around the corner!
- Constantly research. It doesn’t matter if it’s for class, your dinner plans, or for your next vacation … learn how to research! It’s such a helpful skill to have, and it allows you to learn about so many places and things. Constantly be curious!
- Always have a plan. Maybe this is just my internship talking, but planning is so important! Don’t get me wrong, spontaneity is fun as well! However, having some sort of plan is always ideal. It allows you to keep yourself motivated and excited for what’s to come!
- Never settle. It couldn’t be better said than with this quote by John Lennon, “Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.”
- Always be open to trying new things and experiences. I’m definitely still working on this one (especially where food is concerned, haha!) However, it’s important to realize that there’s only so many opportunities you can be fortunate enough to have … so don’t waste them!
- Take risks every once in a while. Adventure is out there! You never know what new things you’ll discover … especially about yourself.
- Never stop learning! I would say this goes with constantly researching. Read new books and about current events, travel, listen to new music, go to that new shop that just opened up, watch movies you haven’t seen before, etc. There are so many resources and opportunities for growth and learning. Take advantage of them! Check out 40 amazing places to learn something new everyday!
- Listen and be kind to others, but pleasing everyone is not your job. You need to learn how to make yourself happy before you start to worry about everyone else.
- Wear what makes you feel confident and beautiful. Clothing is one of the many forms of self-expression. Own it! As you know, fashion is such a (dare I say it) passion of mine, that I couldn’t imagine my life without it! When I get dressed up every day, it makes me feel excited to take on whatever comes my way!
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions. This is something I was never really good at. I was always to nervous to speak up and would think I’d be able to figure things out on my own. However, as I got older, I learned how silly of me it was because you’ll never be able to learn that way. I saw this Chinese Proverb and thought it couldn’t explain this concept better, “He who asks a question remains a fool for five minutes. He who does not ask remains a fool forever.”
- Always try to help whenever and wherever you can.
- Don’t be afraid to be independent! There may come a time when you no longer have the opportunity to do so. Take the chance now — figure out your likes, your dislike, and how to care for and live by yourself.
- Take a break every now and then. (And not just of a Kit Kat bar, haha!) Take a breather, dance like no one’s watching, enjoy the sweeter things in life and do what makes you happy.
- & Never, ever, ever give up!
I hope at least one of these lessons resonates with you. Thank you to everyone for your constant love and support, I wouldn’t have gotten to where I am today without you! 🙂 Hope you have a fantastic day and eat some cake + have a glass of wine for me! 😛
xo – Britt
I hope everyone was safe and well during Hurricane Matthew last week! I decided to go home to ride out the storm, and once it passed I managed to snag a few great finds at Nordstrom Rack.
My Mom and I ran into the store with only 30 minutes to spare before they closed for the night … so, to say we power-shopped is definitely an understatement! haha.
First find is this great anorak from Laundry by Shelli Segal. What I really like about it is that it’s both super cute with the skirt back, yet sophisticated with the overall cut and shape. Also it’s lined with leopard print, so how could you ever go wrong with that? 🙂
Second find is this fantastic floral romper by Parker! I love the fun, bright colors and the beautiful floral pattern. Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever come across a Parker piece I didn’t like … haha!
It’s funny how some things just happen to show up when you least expect it. Ever since I wrote my article on Kendra Scott, I’ve been keeping an eye on some of the earrings I had mentioned. As I was thinking of purchasing a new pair soon, I walked into Nordstrom Rack to find these sitting on a rack in the jewelry department. I thought this couldn’t be anything other than the original price and someone had just returned them, but it was HALF OFF! So, as you can see, my third find was definitely a success (considering these are full price on her website and only featured in gold plating.)
My last and final find, are these perfectly pink Same Edelmen flats! Ever since I started my internship, I have done nothing but live in my flats. So I was very excited to find this really cute and colorful pair to get me throughout the workday!
In total, I saved over $400 with the amazing price cuts given by Nordstrom Rack! Super happy with all of my great finds and can’t wait to see what the future racks bring! haha. 🙂
xo – Britt
A few weeks ago, I officially started my senior year of college! Ahh … so insane, right? I can’t believe its been 3 years since I started. Time has definitely flown by and I’m going to make sure I can savor every last second I have left! A fellow fashion blogger friend of mine, Nubiana, hosted an awesome Back to School brunch sponsored by Teen Vogue. The resturant, Hamilton’s Kitchen, was located in a beautiful hotel in Winter Park. Everyone was so friendly and I had such a great time. It was a wonderful start to the beginning of what I feel is going to be an exciting semester! 🙂
xo – Britt
The first time I heard of Kendra Scott was when I was traveling abroad in Europe. I was among a group of 20 college students from all around the country. A few of the girls I traveled with were always wearing one of her pieces, so, I decided that when I got back to the states I would look more into her jewelry line. It surprised me that I hadn’t heard of her before, being the accessories freak that I am. However, once I was aware of her brand, I couldn’t stop seeing her pieces everywhere! Kendra Scott started her business in 2002 when she was in her late 20’s and only had $500 to her name. Her story is very inspiring to me for she took initiative and turned her passion into a reality. My favorite accessories are her earrings, which I feel are great statement pieces in and of themselves! They can be both subtle or bold, whichever way you decide to pair them. Usually if I want to go for the bold route, I pair mine with other jewelry pieces such as dainty, layering necklaces so that the earrings can stand out. For the more subtle route, I would pair mine with other statement necklaces I own or large bracelets. Other ways I’ve seen them paired with are long necklaces, such as Kendra’s Rayne necklace. A few of her new earring styles I’m currently lusting over are the Elle Ivory, Black Pearl and Amethyst. I’m a sucker for anything with pearls and I think amethyst are so beautiful. I’ll be looking out for those during sale times! 🙂
xo – Britt
I’ve decided to add a new monthly post that showcases my 5 favorite things in fashion, beauty, health, food, and sweet treats.
1. Making a Statement This month’s fashion favorite is my newest statement piece. I bought it a few months ago at Nordstrom Rack and I haven’t stopped wearing it since! One of my two pink pieces, it has brought a bright new spin on my many outfits. The necklace is by Natasha, and it’s currently on sale online in other beautiful colors!
2. Bathing in PinkThis month’s beauty favorite are bath bomb’s. I bought this one at a local artisan marketplace, however I know they’re a very popular item sold at Lush. I decided to dive into the hype and see what all the craziness is about. Even though I have more time this summer, I still consider bath’s to be a luxury for me. So, I still have yet to try it out, but my friends love and swear by them! So we’ll see! 🙂
3. Surrounded by Nature
I’ll be the first to admit my workout schedule has not been very consistent this summer. However, I’m excited to say that that is about to change! While driving around the other day, I found a really great area to go for a run and it leads right to a local park. I’ve never been a fan of gyms, for if I’m going to go for a walk or a run, I’d rather be surrounded by nature. I feel I’d be able to enjoy myself more by breathing in some fresh air rather than the smell of subway and sweat (& it would be a healthy end to my day considering I’m sitting at a cubicle for hours at a time).
4. Morning Pick-me Up
This month’s food favorite is my newest morning routine: smoothies! I’m not a huge coffee fan (although, I try — I really do!) it just doesn’t work for me. So, I found another alternative for a little morning pick-me up! I make strawberry banana smoothies with greek yogurt, flax seed oil, and silk almond milk. It’s very delicious and I’m going to try to expand my taste buds by adding different fruits and (possibly) veggies. Haha!
5. Cupcake ATM’s
This month’s sweet treat favorite are Sprinkle’s cupcakes. I was out celebrating two of my good friend’s 21st birthday’s at Disney Springs, and I just had to try the famous cupcake ATM. I thought it was an awesome idea (especially when I was able to purchase mine at 1am — wandering around after last call and all the stores were closing their doors). I saved it till I arrived home the next day and it still tasted just as fresh! I highly recommend visiting one if you have a Sprinkles location near you. 🙂
xo – Britt
Since I last wrote, I’ve started my internships and have been enjoying being in the full swing of things! During my first week, I had an unexpected opportunity come my way and I ran after it (having these super cute, fun and bright new sneakers to help me along the way)! 🙂
I got a call from a coordinator at my school who works with the College Work Experience Program (CWEP). It’s a program designed to employ and connect students with opportunities to work with a large company and gain experience in different areas. The company my school connects with is none other than Lockheed Martin. It’s one of the world’s largest aerospace, defense, security, and advanced technological company. She called to tell me that a department had asked me to come in to take part in an interview! I was a little nervous — especially since earlier this year I had interviewed with another department in the company for another intern position. However, that interview didn’t go as well as I’d hoped. However, I will say that my experience with that interview was a huge learning experience for me! I was given great tips and I definitely feel it helped me become more confident this time around. A week later after my interview, I WAS OFFERED THE POSITION! 🙂 I’m so excited to be participating in the CWEP/internship program for the next two semesters! I can’t wait to see where this journey takes me and to learn so much from this great company! 🙂
xo – Britt