Wednesday, December 31, 2014

My Crazy/Awesome 2014

It seems like every blogger this week has posted a 'Year in Review!' full of their cool outfits and fun adventures. But even though I'm just starting out, I think I had a pretty blog-worthy year. So, here's just a sampling of the ridiculous, amazing, awesome, memorable, and totally crazy things I did this year.

Being next to New York City means I get to do amazing things like intern at CBS News. I could not have had these opportunities at another school and things like this remind me why I chose Hofstra.

Joining Zeta Phi Eta was the best decision I made at Hofstra- I have the best tree, and I know these girls will be with me for life. This year I took a little and then a grandlittle, not to mention a niece and a grand-neice! I could not have asked for a better group of best friends than my Travel Tree!

I got to travel to Korea??! Sometimes I forget that this trip was real, and I can't wait to go back.

I got to dance on Broadway with some of my best friends and some incredibly talented people- that's something I never thought I'd be able to say!

I worked on the social media team at the Women in the World summit and saw some of the most inspiring women come together to share their ideas. 

I had the best spring break ever with an awesome group of girls

I started dating a pretty cool dude who does nerdy couples costumes with me.

I'm still friends with these goobers even 2+ years after graduation. I'll probably be stuck with them until I'm 90 and that's fine with me!

There is no way for me to fit everything I did in 2014 into one post (that's what my blog is for!). But putting this together made me realize just how much I did! It would take me hours to pour through countless posts, thousands of photos, hundred of texts, tweets, and Instagram posts, just to compile a fraction of the memories I made this year.

I'm so grateful for my family, my friends, and all of the people who have helped me get to where I am. I never dreamed that, well, any of this could happen! I'm still close with all my high school friends, I've taken some amazing trips, I've made even more friends, and I've had a blast.

2015 is starting off with a bang with my semester in Amsterdam and will end with me graduating college (cue panic attack because I will soon be saying "I'm graduating this year."). I have no idea what to expect in the meantime but I cannot wait to see what this year has in store and the great things I am going to do!

Monday, December 29, 2014

What's In My Bag: Travel Edition

With the holidays ending and everyone hitting the road, there comes the dilemma of what to take in your purse while traveling, especially when you're taking a plane. As someone who spends a lot of decent amount of time on a plane traveling from TX to NYC, I am constantly switching my school bag or my internship bag into a carry-on bag.

The carry-on is something every one should master, even if you don't travel very often. Since I will be abroad next semester I really have to get this down (looking at you, discount airlines). So, here are my absolute must-haves when on the road.

What's In My Bag: Travel

For shorter trips (a week or less, but it always depends on where I am going) I like to bring just my iPad since I can do pretty much everything on it, I have a portable keyboard, and it holds all my books. For longer trips, I bring my laptop, but now that I have a MacBook Air (which weighs nothing) I find myself bringing it along more and more.

That little pink stick is the greatest invention ever- a portable charger. My dad bought one for me online (unsure of the brand but this one is similar) and I bring it everywhere. It's great for long day trips into the city where chargers are scarce or long plane rides with unreliable seat outlets. It has saved me many, many times.

I always have sunglasses with me, even if it's cloudy. These Ray Ban club masters are my new obsession and I can't stop wearing them!

Since I jumped on the blanket scarf trend over Thanksgiving (I have this one from Charlotte Russe, right now it's only $5!!) I have been wearing mine nearly every day. I love bringing scarves on planes to use as a shawl, blanket, pillow, or just to hide my static-y plane hair.

Pretty much everything else here can always be found in my purse (even the M&Ms, sometimes you need a snack!). I bought this Anne Klein bag for $20, unused, at a resale store and it has become my go-to bag- it's even big enough to fit my laptop!

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and you all have a Happy New Year!