Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Bio Lab Ruined My Outfit

I planned on wearing a dress to class yesterday but it was SO damp and rainy!
It is supposed to warm up later in the week, but still, the weather ruined my outfit plan... :(
I think this outfit ending up working out just as well though.

Except that leads me to my next point- Bio lab ruined my outfit!!
Maybe I'm being a bit dramatic, but actually though, Bio lab requires you to cover your shoulders, legs and feet!
So I had my Jack's on in the morning and then I had to change and put on my Sperry's!
So fine, the shoes didn't really ruin my outfit but still...

Bio lab is scary though!
I am the only non Bio major in the class and it's a bit terrifying.
Our TA was talking about some kind of hypothesis or whatever and I had no idea what he was talking about. 
So I might be the weakest link at my lab table...
Good thing I have a tutor ;)

Besides that the Bio class itself seems really interesting!
So does my politics class.
It is all about 9/11 and the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. 
I'm excited!!

I am continuing to get back into the swing of things at school.
Yesterday, I went to the library for three hours and man, did my brain hurt after that....
Slowly but surely, I'm sure I will get back used to, yet again, Work Forest!

H&M off the shoulder tie top
Tory Burch double pearl earrings
Sperry boat shoes in sparkly gold


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

FDOC- Sophomore Year

Happy sophomore year!!

I remember first day of classes or FDOC last year when I was a little baby freshman and it was so different than this year.
Last year I was soooo nervous, I didn't sleep well the night before and I was so anxious.

This year was different- I woke up and I was excited to go to class and I wasn't nervous at all.
Okay fine I was a little nervous but not compared to last year.
I walked into my first class with confidence and didn't feel confused or afraid like I did a year earlier.

I had such a good day yesterday.
I really enjoyed meeting all my teachers and hearing what I'm going to learn about this year!
Okay, so, I stand corrected, I was a little nervous throughout the day because I had French class at 2pm... It is level 320 and it is strictly a conversation class. I was really nervous because I get very anxious when speaking in French, probably because I am insecure in my ability to speak it well, even though I've been taking French for 8 years now... But it felt nice to walk into class yesterday and see 6 of my classmates from last semesters French class! 
My professor also seems really sweet and nice. It seems like she really wants us to succeed and strengthen our French language skills.
It was a really nice first French class and I'm looking forward to the rest of them.

So okay fine, I was nervous too, but not as nervous as the freshman. I feel so bad. They are walking around campus with their lanyards around their necks and they look so dazed and confused. Poor kids. I hope I didn't look like that last year...

Even last night at a party there were all these freshmen girls with their white chucks. And they were all so cute, I remember when that was me! I looked so clueless at frat parties...
And there were some freshmen boys who looked even more clueless.... 
One boy came up to Emily, Caroline and I and asked us our names and where we were living on campus. After he realized that we were living in upperclassman dorms he literally ran the other way.
Very funny but quite sad.

I wish the best of luck to everyone but especially the freshmen! Freshman year first semester was rough for me, but once you get the hang of it it's not bad at all! It only gets better from freshman year, I promise!!

Here's my FDOC outfit from freshman year- pretty much the same outfit, lol. 


Sunday, August 27, 2017

Sophomore Year Dorm Room

Welcome to my HOME!!!
This is my sophomore year dorm!
I am living in a single room in six person suit this year with some of my sorority sisters!!
So far it has been so much fun!

I guess this is a virtual tour of my room here at Wake!

Bedding: Kate Spade
Pillows: PB Teen
Rug: Homegoods
Nightstand/dresser: Target
Dust ruffle: Target white ruffle curtains from the kiddies section that my wonderful mother DIYed
Bin on top of my TINY (2.5 ft closet): Target in the kiddies section
Curtains: Target kiddie section that my mom cut and then put a black out curtain underneath
3 set of shelves: Target
Other accessories: Target, Walmart, Michaels and Ikea


Thursday, August 24, 2017

Bryant Park and Broadway


My last day in NYC was yesterday.
I go back to North Carolina tomorrow for my sophomore year of college!
Very bitter sweet yet again.
I said goodbye to my favorite and the BEST city in the world yesterday until I'm back in a couple of months.
I always forget how much I miss the city until it is not at my fingertips anymore.

Saying goodbye to the city was one reason why my mom and I ventured into Manhattan yesterday but that was not the only thing on our to do list.
My mom and I went to see a Broadway show and did a little photo shoot in Bryant Park.

I feel like this is a tradition now.
Last year, a couple days before I went to college, my mom and I saw an American in Paris (click HERE to read that blog post from last year) and met my dad for dinner.
This year we saw Beautiful: The Carol King Musical.
Both shows were amazing! I had no idea that Carol King wrote so many songs that other groups performed! 

My mom and I love the theater! We go to see shows about 4 times a year.
I have loved the theater my whole life and I have been going since I was 5. 
My first Broadway show was Beauty and the Beast. And the beast scared me and my brother so much that we both threw up in the back of the theater.... I remember the pretty red dress I wore and the throwing up part as well.... eeeekkk
I actually have a binder of all of the playbills from all the Broadway shows I have seen.
It is just a wonderful collection of memories.

My mom and I love to get dressed up to go anywhere but especially to go to the theater!!
It's a real shame that some men go in t-shirts and shorts to the theater. AND some women! 
The theater used to be so sophisticated and it is sadly loosing the sophistication. 

My mom and I got all dressed up in blue with our pink Tory Burch bags!!

I was sent this dress from Zaful
I read some reviews online about how the quality of the clothes isn't that great, but I'd like to beg a differ! 
This dress looks and feels wayyyy more expensive than it was! The quality really isn't as bad as many people said it would be- this dress is a cotton and polyester mix!
 I was so pleasantly surprised when I opened my package!
It was nice to see that this dress isn't see through and all the seams match up!

This dress is off the shoulder and knee length.
It has an elastic waist and top and it is so so comfortable.
It hit me right below me knees but if you are shorter than me (odds are you are) it will probably be more of a midi-length dress.

I also got so many complements on this dress.
I think this dress would look good on so many women of all shapes and sizes! 

I am also going to do a review really soon about these really awesome metal cat eye sunglasses!
You can check that out real soon!

Zaful also has some really great back to school clothes that I think I might have to order, after this successful order!!

Jack Rogers Palm Beach sandals in white ON SALE
Tory Burch pink satchel bag

And look how cute my mom is!!
I ordered her this shirt from J Crew and it's such an Elisabeth and Alice shirt!
I love the ruffled sleeves which are so trendy right now and going into the fall and she loved the print!
This blouse is the perfect way for my mom to incorporate the big voluminous sleeve trend into her wardrobe!

Ann Taylor khaki capri pants
Tory Burch pink tote bag

*Maybe I've never said this, but I honestly only write about items that I like. I am sent many offers by other companies and I decline them because I don't believe in their products or don't like their products.
All the thoughts on this dress and the company are my own. 


Sunday, August 20, 2017

Working Gals

Where have I been?

Hmm let me think- spinning at Soul Cycle, eating out with friends, shopping online, answering emails and working!

Friday was my last day at work!
In case you missed my first blog post about my job, you can read a little bit about my job HERE.
I started my first "real" job a little over six and a half weeks ago and on Friday I finished it!
I learned so much about myself and about the working world during that short span of time.

My job was a really great experience. 
It was a full-time, 9-5 job.
It taught me about commuting, responsibility, time management, and more about how to be an adult.

I learned all about commuting!
I took the train everyday twice a day (well technically more) to get to and from work.
I don't know if I ever really discussed my commute, but it wasn't fun...
I now understand why my dad and all my other family members that take the train everyday find it exhausting.
The trains were rarely on time and I found it so annoying.

Michelle and I actually took four trains a day.
Everyday, coming and going we had to transfer trains.
On the way home it was the worst, because it was a twenty minute layover between trains.
I would complain everyday and Michelle would just tell me that complaining wouldn't make the twenty minutes go faster...
Towards the end of the summer, I finally got used to it and got over it.

I continued to learn how to be responsible.
I knew I had to wake up at a certain time to get dressed and ready to be on time for the train.
It sounds silly and it's not something we think about on a day to day basis, but my job was like college- mom isn't there waking you up every morning and making you breakfast.
(Except my mom made me lunch everyday for work :) ).

Throughout my job I continued to learn how to be an adult.
My job was just an extension of all the "adulting" lessons I am receiving in college.

I learned how to manage my time well.
I knew over the summer I wanted to keep up my French studies.
It is very hard to not speak, read or listen to the French language for months and then jump right back into it.
So once I started working I decided I would be proactive and read in French or do something French related.
So I found French podcasts on Apple Podcasts and I made it a habit to listen to them every morning for 10 minutes or so when I was getting ready for work!
I think it was a really good use of my time.
Another good use of my time was when I was on the train(s), I would write my blog posts!
While I was going to work or on the way home from work I would write down some notes on my phone in the "notes" section and then all I would have to do when I got home was "copy and paste" it into blogger!

I continued to learn how to work well with others at this job.
For once in my life I was a minority.
All of my coworkers were of Korean descent except Michelle and I.
And it was a bit odd at first, not going to lie.
Everyone was pretty nice from the start, but it was a bit strange that Michelle and I were the only ones who were caucasian.
I remember on the first day of work there was actually some reverse racism, and it really threw me off...
On the first day one of my coworkers asked me how I got the job.
And I thought that question was a bit rude and a little off putting.
It seemed as though he was looking down at me because I was caucasian and not asian...
I told him how I got the job and then I asked him the same question, and that was the end of that.

After that, our coworkers warmed up to us and we all got along very well!
There was only a bit of drama.
My one coworker, the same coworker who asked how I got the job, was yet again really rude in the beginning.
He yelled at Michelle and I for making a mistake while we where photocopying. We apologized and fixed it. But he made a really big deal in front of all of our coworkers and our boss of the little mistake for no reason.
 On the same day he made a mistake so I called him out on it. I quoted Hannah Montana's "Nobody's Perfect" lines and made a joke out of it. 
He then thought he was kind of the "king" of the school and would boss all of us "newbies" around, so I shut that down too.
I stood up for Michelle and I and told him to relax, we weren't doing anything wrong.

I learned how to speak up for myself and I also learned to not be afraid of my bosses.
Every time I had to leave early from work for this doctors appointment or that one, I would always be nervous to tell my boss, but I explained the situation and it was always fine.
Michelle and I also had a problem with our paychecks. There was a slight discrepancy, so we went up to our boss and told her the problem and she fixed it right away.

I now kinda understand how my parents and any of my friends parents don't have time for anything like a social life, let alone time to go to the gym.
I get it now!
I had such a hard time balancing my social life and work.
I was so exhausted after work that all I would want to do was eat dinner and then go to bed, literally at 9pm.
And it was so hard to meet up with friends outside of work.

I kinda make a joke about this next "life lesson" I learned but it kinda isn't a joke at all.
I have to say I became aware and more knowledgable of another culture.
I became more "cultured," as one would say.
Once a week Michelle and I would go out to lunch.
We forced ourselves to go out of our comfort zones and instead of getting a sandwich or a salad each time, we would go with our coworkers and try some "authentic" Korean or Chinese food.
One week we had dumplings and scallion pancakes, another week Korean fried chicken and another week noodles.
So as much as I joke about becoming more "cultured" from this job, it's not really a joke at all.
I learned a bit about the food, a bit about the culture and a bit about the language, specifically how to say "hello" and "strawberry" in Korean.

I've learned a lot.
I'm so grateful for this job because it was a learning opportunity that I got to do with my best friend. 
I am continuing to grow into adulthood each and everyday.
And I will continue to do so when I head back to college in less than a week!!! :)

Now what I'm sure you're all waiting for: my outfit of the day!
This is a typical outfit I wore to work everyday.
Sometimes I would wear white jeans and occasionally I would wear dark wash jeans with a nice shirt.
This day I wore my new periwinkle J Crew dress with my Rocksbox studs!
(You can get your first month free with my code tallandpreppyxoxo at checkout!!)
I now own this dress in pink, periwinkle, stripes and also burgundy (which is on it's way!!)
Michelle also owns it after I highly recommended it!!
It's super comfortable and light weight!
I love it because it can be dressed up and dressed down!
P.S. 15% off at JCREW FACTORY if you are a student or a teacher and it can be paired with other sales!!!

My bag was perfect for work.
I am so glad I bought it and I made it my "work" bag!
It holds a good amount, but it's main purpose is to hold my laptop. 
I did have to carry my large Longchamp Le Pliage with me as well though because I brought lunch everyday except when Michelle and I went out for our "cultural" lunches... lol, and my big lunch bag with my HUGE water bottle wouldn't all fit in the York comfortably.

And look how pretty this wall is!
Michelle and I walked past this wall everyday going to work!
It's on a side of a building right next to the train and for six and a half weeks I had been waiting to take "bps" or blog pics, as Michelle calls it, in front of this wall.
And FINALLY, the last week of work, during lunch, Michelle and I snuck off and took these pictures!
Thanks Mitch :)

J Crew tortoise shell and blue lens sunglasses (similar)

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