Freshman year has hit me really hard and I feel like I’ve been running 100 miles a minute. Thankfully, my hard work has payed off so far. Since I worked ahead of schedule, I was able to enjoy Thanksgiving with my family and take a break from schoolwork. This Thanksgiving my family and I spent it with loved ones in Ohio. We enjoyed seeing everyone and had a wonderful time. Below I’ve attached two pic collages I made on our car ride home, a list of what we did over break, and a few family photos. The first pic collage has a few photos from Thanksgiving Day and the second has photos from our mini photoshoot. By “our”, I mean my cousins, Catherine and Ella, and my sister, Emily.
In just four and a half days we…
Had our annual girl’s photoshoot,
Drank seasonal Starbucks coffees (x2),
Watched Hallmark Christmas (too many times to count),
Contributed to the preparation of 10,000 meals for those in need,
Took family photos (finally),
Ran a 5k turkey trot (and almost died),
Ate a very, very large Thanksgiving meal,
Enjoyed an early Christmas gift exchange,
Ate chocolate lasagna,
Went shopping at Target & Ulta till 12:00am,
Went Black Friday shopping all day,
Watched Home Alone 2,
Made pancakes, waffles, crepes, and cinnamon rolls,
Took many photos and made many, many memories
Lastly, here are a few family photos we took over break.
Bald Head Island is a very special place to my family and I. We are lucky enough to have great friends who have let us stay in their beach villa multiple times. This is our third year vacationing at Bald Head and since we couldn’t come last year, we were able to stay an entire week. We even brought some of our extended family along. I love how relaxing and laid back vacationing is on the island. Yes, there are things we want to see and do, but it’s definitely not a “see everything in only a couple days trip”, like many of our other trips. Here’s an overview of our vacation. My apologies in advance for the length of this post and for the many, many photos.
Wednesday, our travel day, was one of the more uneventful days. We woke up bright and early and drove over 6 hours to Southport, NC. From there we took the ferry to the island. Catherine (my cousin), Emily (my sister), and I love taking photos, so the moment we arrived at the villa, we took a few with our matching sunglasses. Later that day we went to the pool and ordered pizza.
Thursday was our full beach day. After breakfast we grabbed our beach supplies, loaded up with sunscreen, and drove the golf carts to the beach. There were a couple mini islands during low tide and we had fun swimming to each one. It was crazy how far out we could walk, while still feeling our feet on the sand. Honestly though, who knew how tiring it is to walk/run through water? After a long day at the beach, we came back and all the girls washed their sandy hair and prettied up for our evening adventure, a “howl at the moon” party. “Howl at the moon” occurs only when there is a full moon. Everyone who wants to come brings an appetizer to beach access 39 and we all watch the moon rise. Pretty great, am I right? There was soup from one of the local restaurants and an Irish bagpipe player. We had lot’s of fun and of course, took loads of photos.
Emily & Catherine are just 2 cute 🙂
Friday morning, despite being up late, we went to see sunrise on the beach. On our way back one of our carts broke down and we ended up pushing it home. Good thing we had so many people. Later that day we got luna pops (handmade popsicles on the island) and went shopping for a little while. Then during the evening we went to the pool.
Saturday morning a few of us decided to go paddle boarding and it was quite the challenge. We paddle boarded on a marsh connected to the ocean and the tide happened to be very strong that day. Since I was worried (typical me), I decided to get on my paddle board second to last and therefore fell far behind everyone else. I’ll admit, I was pretty slow. Once we finally reached calmer waters, I caught up to everyone else and we made our way back. Saturday evening we experienced one of the coolest things we’ve ever seen. The island has a turtle conservancy where you can see both turtle hatchings and excavations. There happened to be a turtle excavation that evening. Three days after the baby turtles hatch from their eggs, the conservancy workers and interns dig up the eggs. One, so they can record how many turtles hatched and two, so they can make sure there aren’t any turtles left behind. Over 50% of the time there are turtles still buried in the sand. When we went to the excavation, the workers found one baby turtle. We were able to watch the baby turtle make its way from its nest area to the ocean, where it is essentially “set free”.
We took this one with a selfie stick!
Sunday was a little sad since the Kish’s (my Aunt’s family) had to leave. After coffee and some final photos we bid them farewell and watched the ferry sail back to mainland. Afterwards, I convinced my mom to take me to the art gallery and we received some information on classes they were offering. Then my mom and I went to the beach for an hour or so. The past couple days were pretty nonstop, so my family and I decided to take some time to relax.
Monday morning we went to the beach to see sunrise again. There were tons of beautiful shells and we added many to our collection. We also saw another completely unscheduled sea turtle excavation. That’s right! We were walking down the beach and ran into the marine biologist at the conservancy. She had just found a baby sea turtle in one of the nests and was helping it get to the water. I’ll never forget how teeny baby sea turtles are. Adorable! Afterwards, we ate breakfast at the market and took our dog Mia on a cart ride and walk in the park. Then while my mom and sister went to the pool, my dad and I took an art class, filling my creative well. I painted a turtle and my dad painted two alligators. I love art but I don’t draw very often and neither does my dad. Thankfully we had an amazing teacher who helped us out. Monday evening we went to dinner at Mojo’s and had incredible lava cake. Finally, we all watched a movie together. I guess you could say my parents and sister watched the movie, while I blogged… 😉
Ignore the bad quality… we had a waitress take this for us.
Tuesday was our last full day on the island. We all slept in since we had been up so late the night before. My mom and I did some final island shopping, and even managed to pick up a few Christmas gifts for my friends and family (I won’t say who). After we were all shopped out, we hit the beach one last time. After leaving the beach, we bought MORE Italian Ice. I can’t even count how many times we bought Italian Ice at Mikes Bites. It’s just soooo amazing. Definitely the best I’ve ever had! Before heading home for dinner, my mom and I stopped by a brand new Southern Living inspired community. One of my favorite activities while on the island is hitting open houses, not necessarily because I want to live in them, but rather I just love interior design/architecture. Growing up I was an HGTV fanatic! After a yummy homemade dinner, we went to the beach for our last sunset on the island. Tuesday was quite bittersweet, as we were all dreading returning to reality. Our last beach trip, last Italian Ice, last sunset, and the list goes on. Despite all our feelings of sadness, my family and I had a great night. We drove to the harbor and watched the sunset with our ice cream in hand. My dad even decided to bring Mia (our puppy).
Well you probably know what happens from here. Wednesday, after cleaning up the house, we took the 12:30 ferry back to Southport and headed home. My family had, once again, an amazing time at Bald Head Island. We were so glad we could bring the Kish family along with us. I have a feeling this won’t be our last time on the island. Until next time!
Wow, I can’t believe It’s been over four months since my last blog post. Frustratingly enough, I had many, many posts I had planned and was excited about. So, why didn’t I take the time to write and share them? Well I’m not really sure. All I know is I’m a bit of a perfectionist and the pressure of making my blog as amazing as all the other blogs I love, was really high. Obviously, none of those blogs started out as amazing as they are now and I think I’m slowly beginning to learn that. I guess I’m trying to say, although I wish I would have wrote about some of the awesome things I’ve experienced recently, I’m trying not to beat myself up about it. After all, I blog because I love it not because I have to. So, even though it’s not the new year, I’m going to make some resolutions (goals). I want my blog to be somewhere where I record memories I never want to forget, share amazing experiences and thoughts, and more. Unfortunately, I don’t have the time right now to fully commit to my blog and honestly I’m not sure I ever will. So, I’m just going to blog whenever I get the chance and not stress about it, because, well, anyone who knows me knows I stress way too much.
Before I end this post, I want to share a few photos from Interlochen. This summer I had the incredible opportunity to spend three weeks at the Interlochen School of the Arts. I completed the acting intensive and had an absolutely amazing time. I think I’ll save the details for later (I’m hoping on writing all about my experience later this month).
I know there’s not a lot to this post, but since It’s been so long, I thought I’d start with a little “recommitment” so to say. This post is definitely a little out of my comfort zone, so let me know what you think! 😝
I was going to blog each day I spent in Ireland, but since I did not find the time to blog yesterday, as it was our travel day, I will instead blog this trip in “parts” rather than in “days”. Anyways, here’s what I did on my first two days in Ireland.
When we got to the Shannon airport we received our rental car right away. The drive to our hotel was beautiful! Although it was a bit scary for my dad, and the whole family, to drive on the left side of the road, we were able to see much of the Irish country side and of course several full rainbows. That’s right, entire rainbows! Which is never possible for us in our crowded suburb back at home.
Once we reached Galway, we parked our car and explored, while we waited for our room at the hotel to be ready. Most of the the town was closed because of Easter Sunday, but the hot chocolate we bought at Maxwells was DELICIOUS! After we checked into our hotel we went back out in the city. We saw two amazing churches and attended Easter service at the Galway Cathedral. The European architecture was, again, amazing. We were also able to read about the history of the churches. At the market in the city, my sister bought a hemp purse. I bought a blown glass necklace. We even bought fresh, fried doughnuts.
The next morning we ate breakfast at our hotel and then got in the car to drive to the Ashford Castle. On our way we spotted what we thought were the ruins of a castle. So, naturally I decided we HAD to go see it. We ended up getting as close as we thought possible and even passed some adorable lambs. The farmer who owned the lambs came out and we learned that the “castle” was actually Ross Errilly Abbey. He gave us instructions and we went to see the abbey. The off and on rain added to the creepy mood, as the Abbey was filled with graves from long long ago. Plus the birds circling the Abbey made us feel like characters out of the Lord of the Rings.
We then got back on the road to continue our journey to the Ashford. When we arrived we learned we could not go inside, as we were not staying there, but we were able to explore the grounds. The gardens were gorgeous and the moss and vines growing on the trees, beautiful. The lake next to the castle, now hotel, was also gorgeous. It is actually the second largest lake in Ireland. I can’t quite put a finger on what it is, but I adore castles. The Ashford is not a monarchal castle, so it was even cooler to see.
The day before we made reservations for the Irish School of Falconry. It was a bit of a last minute arrangement, but it will definitely be something I remember for forever. (So I’ll just check that off the bucket list). Our instructor was wonderful. He was quite funny and very good at explaining and teaching us. My family and I flew two Harris Hawks. It was amazing to learn about them and how they behave around humans and other animals. It was especially cool to learn about how they “work with the school” not “work for the school”.
That night we ate dinner in “the Dungeon” at the Ashford. Everyone was extremely nice as always and our waiter looked like Eddie Redmayne (in case you didn’t know, I’m obsessed with Eddie Redmayne). The food was so good and filling, we couldn’t even order dessert.
Overall the Ashford and the past two days were amazing. Ireland is such a beautiful country and I can’t wait for the rest of this trip. I even like the off and on rain, as the bright, green grass makes up for it.
This week has been extremely busy. From my Regional Science Fair competition to an interview for high school, I wasn’t sure I’d make it through. But I did! Plus I’m going to Ireland and I can’t wait to write about my favorite parts. So, about the outfit. My dress is from Forever 21. I love how it mixes a vintage feel with a bohemian look. The shoes, which I’ve worn in one of my posts before, are from Target.
After more than a week off of school, I finally found time to take some new pictures. I wore my sister’s cropped turtleneck sweater with black jeggings and boots. Personally I would have preferred different shoes but with the snow, boots were the best possible option. Before I go, I must say I’m raving about these Lucky jeggings. They’re comfy and flexible but also aren’t as thin as leggings. Bye for now!
Just wanted to share my recent obsession with Willow Shields’ style. First, let me just say she loves books, does yoga and acts. So I’m probably a bit biased. But back to her fashion…she can pull off practically anything, from a stripped blazer with matching pants to patterned, harem pants with a crop top. Because words can’t explain her effortless perfect style, I’ve attached pictures of a few of my favorite outfits she’s worn below.
This probably won’t be the last you see of her on my page. So, hopefully you love her style as much as I do.
Hey all, it’s been a while. I’m really excited though to show you how I decorated my room for the holiday season. I didn’t do anything crazy, just used a few random decorations I found around the house and convinced my mom to buy a few new things too 🙂
I’ve been debating whether or not to watch After the Ball since it came out on Netflix. So, over Thanksgiving Break, while my cousin, sister, and I were searching for something to watch, we decided to watch it. I have to say we actually really enjoyed it! The main actress (Portia Doubleday) was adorable and had some really great outfits… which is what I’m going to share with you. But before I do here is a summary of the movie.
“When a young fashion designer’s stepmother and stepsisters try to push her out of the family business, she dons a disguise to expose their evil plan.”
Almost all of the character’s clothing in the movie are from the Le Chateau After the Ball collection. A few of my favorites from the collection are…
(Marc-Andre Grondin, Portia Doubleday, Chris Noth)
(Portia Doubleday, Chris Noth, Marc-Andre Grondin)
And of course I had to throw in some pictures of these overalls Doubleday wore in the movie, cause they’re just perfect. I mean, I seriously want these so bad.
(Marc-Andre Grondin, Portia Doubleday)
Ok, that’s it for this post. Hope you enjoyed getting distracted by gorgeous pink dresses and sparkly shoes. Check out After the Ball on Netflix, Amazon or get it on DVD.
P.S. Creds to Portia Doubleday for starring in this and many other films, while in college.