Wednesday, November 26, 2014

it's on us


Last week marked the national effort to raise public awareness of sexual assault on college campuses nation-wide. With an estimated one in five women assaulted during her college years, and roughly 12% of all cases being reported--the campaign asks students to take the pledge to put an end to these statistics.


The pledge, includes four key principles. The first, to recognize that non-consensual sex is sexual assault. The second, to identify situations in which sexual assault may occur. The third, to intervene in situations where consent has no been given. And finally, to create an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors can be supported. 



On the College of Charleston campus, we focused our outreach efforts on distinct campus groups. Although men are victims of sexual assault, the overwhelming majority of sexual assault takes place against women. 


Throughout our campaign we focused on interviewing men on campus and asking one simple question: what would you do?


"For anybody whose once-normal, everyday life was suddenly shattered by an act of sexual violence, the trauma, the terror can shadow you long after one horrible attack.  It lingers when you don’t know where to go or who to turn to.  It’s there when you’re forced to sit in the same class or stay in the same dorm with the person who raped you; when people are more suspicious of what you were wearing or what you were drinking, as if it’s your fault, not the fault of the person who assaulted you.  It’s a haunting presence when the very people entrusted with your welfare fail to protect you." President Obama

For more information on the "It's On Us" campaign, and to take the pledge for yourself, visit the group's website


Friday, September 12, 2014

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

open for b e a u t i f u l

If anyone noticed, I was a little MIA this summer. 


A little thing called Birchbox happened. 

My summer-long internship with the e-commerce site turned trend creator turned brick-and-mortar store was an absolutely amazing ride. 

Not only was I able to work directly with the PR team on large-scale initiatives, I was able to be part of the revolutionary brand's first STORE opening. 


The space itself is to die for. Organized in the way we shop online (by category, not brand--duh) the shop boasts two floors of beauty + lifestyle heaven. Did I mention there's a BYOB station where customers can build their own boxes? 

The store also has a "try bar" and service station for hair, makeup, and nail services. 

So, yes, it's a kinda a big deal. 


I've already been away for a full month and am itching to get back to the city and this truly one-of-a-kind company. 

Not a Birchbox subscriber? Check out more on the beauty revolution + sign up today

XX,


Monday, September 8, 2014

Friday, September 5, 2014

new year + new space

Now that I have finally settled into a routine with classes, clubs, and work I can take a breather in a space I've wanted to create for so long. Throughout college my personal style has evolved, and while the pink definitely is still there--I've moved towards a simpler color pallet that I view as classic. 


Hello, gorgeous $1.5M reno. 





A few pops of color that sit under my desk from a few of my favorite places. 




The photo above is one of the Greecian-printed ottomans that rest at the foot of my bed. Not only are they great for additional seating, but they provide tons of storage. 

[Bedding: Target, Etsy, Pottery Barn/ Chair: custom/Frames: Ikea/ Side table: Target/ Lamp: Ikea/Futons: custom/ Rug:Target]

Notice the rolling rack? The room is in a historic house with get this, no closets. Although initially this seemed like a huge issue, having pieces hung up within the room adds a pop to the neutral pallet. 

XX,


Thursday, September 4, 2014

t h r o w back

At the beginning of summer, I wrote a guest post on my sweet friend Olivia's wonderful blog Prep Essentials. She spent her summer at an amazing internship in Chicago and was looking for a few tricks of the trade for soon-to-be city girls. 







Although these tips are for city interns, they can be applied to so many different facets of life for the soon-to-be college grad. 

XX,

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

welcome to the d y n a s t y


We're baaaack! After an absolutely hectic few weeks of finishing up my internship at Birchbox,  navigating between NYC/Louisville/Charleston, and participating in my last rush, we welcomed 57 gorgeous new members into Alpha Delta Pi on Bid Day. 


Note my actual sister!






Photos are courtesy of the amazing Amelia Swab who came back to shoot Bid Day after graduating last May--thank you Amelia! 

XX,


Sunday, June 8, 2014

Getting Nakd

With summer internship season in full swing, sticking to clean eating can easily fall by the wayside in the midst of running to catch a subway, answering e-mails, and trying to make time for a blink of sleep. 

Breakfast


In the mornings I love a protein-filled avocado egg combo. The best part is, it takes maybe 3 minutes to prep and you can finish getting ready while it bakes. 

1. Pre-heat oven to 425f
2. Split the avocado in half, scooping out a little extra to make room for the egg
3. Crack two eggs and drop into the empty spaces
4. Sprinkle with salt + cracked pepper and bake for 15-20 min

Snack 


Recently I was sent over these amazing bars courtesy of Natural Balance Foods based in the UK. The Nakd bars are cold-pressed with no added sugars, vegan + less than 5 ingredients (which I can name!) aka revolutionary. As a bit of a chocolate freak, my favorites are definitely the Cafe Mocha and Cocoa Delight. These bars are quickly becoming my newest obsession, and the fact that they're free of all fillers and gunk makes them a staple for healthy girls around the globe. 
Did I mention-- FREE shipping to the US?

Another snack time/ really anytime fav is a good green juice. While I'm not planning on sipping aloe vera anytime soon, these uber trendy cold-pressed juiced pack a hard punch of leafy greens.  

My favorite combo? 
Kale + Spinach + Romaine +  Cucumber + Ginger + Lemon + Celery 
The trick is to ask for (or buy one with) apple--helps to disguise some of the kale flavor and tastes refreshing.

Lunch

Now that I'm back in NYC I've been incredibly spoiled with all of my favorite lunch time spots. Bread & Butter, Essen and Melt Shop just to name a few! While ordering in is extremely tempting, it's important to take a break and actually go outside during the daily grind. 


A new favorite is easily the Earth Bowl from Sweetgreen
Warm grains + organic arugula with roasted chicken, white cheddar, grape tomatoes, raw corn and spicy broccoli; topped with a pesto vinaigrette. 

It's not about eating smaller- it's about eating smarter. 

"The food you eat can either be the safest and most powerful form of medicine, or the slowest form of poison." - Ann Wigmore

Choose wisely. 

XX,



Sunday, June 1, 2014

Sunday Sounds

After the whirlwind of a month formerly known as May, I'm detoxing a little this weekend before starting at Birchbox tomorrow morning. Now unpacked and unwinding, I figure the best way to enjoy a perfect evening on the water is through a delicious combo of stawberry spinach salad + a few of my mix-tape favs. 



Teagan and Sarah - "I Was A Fool"



Portugal The Man - "People Say" 



John Mayer cover of Beyonce - "XO" 




A night of solitude. I'll toast to that. 

XX,



Wednesday, May 28, 2014

BIRCHBOX


It's that time of year again y'all! I am beyond thrilled to fly back up to that city that never sleeps on Saturday and start my summer internship with one of my all-time fav companies, Birchbox! I've been following Birchbox's success for the past few years and am more or less obsessed with everything about them. 



Working as the PR intern I'll get to help with all of the amazing initiatives and upcoming projects the company is launching this summer. And trust me, big things are in the works! 

Until then, check out this quirky, quintessential Birchbox anniversary video. 



"I never dreamed about success. I worked for it." -Estee Lauder

XX,


Talk Derby To Me


The first Saturday in May is no normal day in the state of Kentucky.

It's Derby Day.

Since 1875 those born and bred and those who wish they were gather in all their splendor to booze, schmooze, and bet (with 150,000 of their closest friends). 


After a 8am final and a quick 10-hour drive back to the Bluegrass the day prior, early Saturday morning brought in the all-familiar scent of fresh cut mint (and if it hadn't hit me before) I was home. 

I'll give you a vine-type version of the next eight hours: tailgate. horses. more mint juleps. cooing at old friends. horses. racing forms. in-field. yelling. more mint juleps. betting window. toasting. singing "My Old Kentucky Home". laughing. more horses. betting window. hugging. the most time consuming 5-mile car ride of my life. 


Oh and this moment when former Louisville Basketball player Chane Behanan was adopted into our family's 3rd floor clubhouse box. 



"Tough girls come from New York. Sweet girls, they're from Georgia. But us Kentucky girls, we have fire and ice in our blood. We can ride horses, be a debutante, throw left hooks, and drink with the boys, all while making sweet tea, darlin'. And if we have an opinion, you know you're gonna hear it." - Ashley Judd


XX,