Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween, everyone! While this picture isn't technically from Halloween, it's from a Father/Daughter dance when my little sister (the blonde on the right) and I were both in girl scouts, it's possibly one of my favorite pictures in the world. It sits on my desk, right next to a picture of my momma.

Since I've got a really big Italian test tomorrow that I kind of really need to do well on, I'll be making tonight a really low key night. I plan on heading across the bridge with my friend Lauren and her boyfriend to go take her cousins out trick-or-treating. I'm kind of excited about it. It'll be really interesting to see how it is from their point of view.

What are your plans for tonight? Anything grand planned? 

See if You Can Run It

Recently I started training for a half marathon, and with that I needed some way to track my runs. Where I ran, how fast, how long it took me, what my average pace was, etc. In comes the Nike+Running app.

When the new school year started, my dad offered to buy me some new shoes since my old ones are slightly falling apart. However, instead of buying normal walk around campus shoes, he bought me new running shoes! I didn't know it at the time, but they were Nike+ shoes, which meant I could download the Nike+Running app and track everything on there.

The other day my friend pointed out that I could download the app and that I should give it a try. I did and I don't regret it one bit. My Nike+ app syncs up with my shoes and it syncs up with the website as well. It's kind of awesome.

I'm able to see how much I've improved in the short week I've been training! The only downside is that on the days that I cross-train instead of run, it doesn't track the progress I'm making there.

Do you have Nike+ shoes/app? Do you like it? 

Birchbox + Goop

I've got a subscription to Birchbox, and I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world. Lately, I've been falling more and more in love with all the different samples that they've been sending me. This month, I decided (after quite sometime of thinking) to participate in the Birchbox + Goop collaboration, and I'm really glad that I did!

When I first opened it, this is what I saw. October was their month all about transformations, which couldn't have come at a better time for me. I'm trying to be more active in changing my lifestyle, and I'm always looking for something new to try.

Included in my box this month was a bunch of really great products. My favorite had to be the Essie nail polish they sent me. I'd been looking for the perfect fall grey nail polish and they delivered  I swear, sometimes I think they can read minds.

First things first was Kieh's Aromatic Blends: Orange FLower and Lychee Body Cleanser. I haven't used it yet, but it smells SO good. I'm not one to normally use liquid body cleansers, but this looks like I'll have to give it a try.

The next thing I got was a Luna Fiber Bar. Now, I'm not one to eat protein bar or fiber bars in general but I at least had to give it a chance. Honestly, it wasn't bad but it's definitely not something that I would go out of my way to get/eat. To each their own!

The last three things that were packaged in my box were Essie's nail polish, Jonna Vargas daily serum, and Naked Princess lip gloss. I am really, really obsessed with my Essie color that I received. It is such a great color and I had been looking for a good grey for a while now.

I still haven't tried the daily serum, just because I'm not really one to use a lot of facial moisturizers, or face products. I like to keep things simple.

And lastly, but certainly not least I received the Naked Princess naked shine. Y'all I love this. It wasn't sticky, it didn't get caught in my hair, it didn't look obnoxious and it looked good on me. I was like...whatttttt when I first put it on. They gave me a tiny sample, so I'm really thinking about looking into buying it. It's a little pricey at $26 for .10 fl oz, and I'm not sure how much I would really use it.

All in all, this was a really good Birchbox and I'm really glad that I opted into receiving the goop one!

What do you think you would like most from this box? 

A Run Through the Vineyard

Spolier alert: this post has nothing to do with running, but everything to do with Vineyard Vines. I found the company after my freshman year in college at a sorority event and ever since then I was in love with them.

So needless to say, when I was looking into purchasing another hat for running, I went straight to Vineyard Vines. I would have taken a picture of what everything looked like in the box...but I couldn't get the box open...so I ripped it open...

I may have gotten a little bit carried away when I was ordering this hat as well, but I love the patchwork look of the koozie and I needed a new pair of croakies (sunglasses strap) sine my Lilly Pulitzer one stays in my car all the time.

I loved the material that the hat was made out of as well, and it seems like it'll be really good for running! I'm kind of excited to wear it out and about as well because of the color. Plus, the little whale is kind of adorable.

Had you heard of Vineyard Vines before? What do you think about their products?

Disclaimer: I bought the products from Vineyard Vines. All opinions are my own and based on my experiences while using the products. I am not being compensated by this company.

Spending Spree/Shopping Freeze

So I'm kind of on a spending freeze right now. My dad sent me a picture of this via text the other day with the response "either you've hit the lottery or you're really broke right now". Well, it's kind of the latter of the two. 

The past few weeks I was in a rut, so what did I do? Go shopping of course. Now I've got a credit card bill of about $200 that needs to be paid off, while still trying to keep my everyday expenditures down. So for the next two weeks I'll be on a spending freeze.

I will not be buying anything that I don't absolutely need, which most of the time is food, but I'm going to try and cut that down by bringing snacks and lunch. Upon my bed at home you see boxes from about six different places that I'll be sharing in the next week or two! 

Have you ever done a spending freeze? Did it go as you planned? 

Hollyday's Hustle (5k)

While it may not be the best quality picture, it shows everyone who went running with us
I'm training for a half marathon in January with a group of girls in my sorority and others on LSU's campus called Sole Sisters. Well, this past weekend I ran the Hollyday's Hustle with a few other girls in my sorority.

I wasn't quite sure what to expect, not having actually run a 5k before, but when I got there I was really relieved. We left super early in the morning (7:45am) to get there early enough to warm up and get pre-race nerves out.

They had breakfast and coffee and water available to all the runners and even a warm up session to prepare us for the race. In my training packet, there's a specific way we run for beginners, so I ran the race training that way.

My time was 39:04, which was really good for 3.1 miles. I wasn't expecting to come in under an hour, nevertheless under 45 minutes. My average mile time was about 12:30, which is 30 seconds faster than my past few runs.

It was so great to actually be able to run with other people, and run a different route from the one I'm used to running. I can't wait until another 5k comes up!

I'm off to New Orleans for the weekend, but I hope y'all all have a really great weekend!

Do you run? Have you ever walked/ran a 5k before?

A Little Extra

I really hope y'all aren't getting sick of seeing pictures from New Orleans, because that's what this post is going to be about as well. 

After we went to the fashion shows, there was no way we were leaving New Orleans without going to Cafe Du Monde. It's one of my favorite places in New Orleans because of their delicious beignets. So, we made the trek (in the car of course) to find parking close to Jackson Square so we could walk around a little bit after we ate.

It was a surprisingly calm Friday night, so we were able to grab a table as soon as we got to Cafe Du Monde. Once sitting down we were able to just sit and talk. We talked about how we were growing up, graduating college soon(ish), our summer plans, internships, traveling abroad and so much more.

Sitting around and just talking with my friends in my favorite city on a Friday night is one of my favorite memories. After we just walked around for a little bit and listened to some street performers play. We ended up talking to them and finding out they were two students at Loyola studying jazz music.

Have you ever been to New Orleans? What did you love about it?

New Orleans Fashion Week: Andrea Loest

To continue on from my post from yesterday (link), the second show that we went see was Andrea Loest. This collection was done by the same designer from the first collection, and it really showed. 

I got a much better spot in the media pit for this show, so the pictures came out so much better (and I knew what to do and what not to do a little bit more). I think I loved this collection a little bit more than the last one, but the clothes were still phenomenally done.

A little bit about her and her collection from her website: "My work explores the motivations hidden in the individual arrangement of these signs, and reveals the potential to use the garment in new and exceptional ways. Through projects designed to allow the participant direct interaction with the garment, I make tangible the individual’s personal relationship with each article."

You can really tell all the love and time she put into designing and creating her clothes because it really shines through. And without further delay, pictures from the show!

Would you rather be in the media pit for a fashion show, or be a guest?

New Orleans Fashion Week: Fair Fit

As I mentioned yesterday (link), I went to New Orleans Fashion Week with my roommate to see two shows on Friday night. We were supposed to see a few more, but ended up getting there too late (boo traffic and work). And now onto the show! 

We showed up on Friday, not knowing what to expect after emailing in asking about bringing a lot of cameras to take pictures/video with. However, once we got there all our nerves went away. We received media passes (to the media pit!!!) and got a lot of good shots. 

The collections we saw were Fair Fit & Andrea Loest. They're both done by the same designer, so you could see the relation to the two collections but they were so beautiful. 

A little about Fair Fit: "Fair Fit started out as my thesis project that explored participatory garment production models. As a fashion designer, I am always being asked to make things fit a certain way, and am critiqued as to why they don’t. In response to this problem, I fragmented my patterns, and asked my clients to tell me how the parts of the garment can be reassembled in a way that brings them more wearability and freedom to represent the garment in ways determined to be functional and comfortable.

And now, without further delay, the pictures from Fair Fit! 

The last picture makes me so happy because they were actually able to see their hard work pay off. 

Have you ever been to a fashion show? Would you go if you were given the chance?

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