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Friday, January 31, 2014

Blogger Breakfast in Bed...

And how could I forget, that tomorrow I will be participating in Prep in Your Step's  huge blog collaboration, Blogger Breakfast in Bed.

Check back tomorrow morning for my take on this amazing event!

xx, Victoria


I've been receiving a few e-mails lately with requests a Frequently Asked Question tab on the front page of my blog! I am still working on that, but until then, I plan to do a FAQ video post in the next several days instead.

If you have anything at all you would like to know just shoot me an e-mail! There's a sidebar where you can do that directly from my blog's page, or you can go through whatever e-mail provider you have and contact me at swimbruiser2014 [at] gmail [dot] com.

Just to clarify nothing is off limits, and I plan to have the video out within the next two weeks!

Have a great weekend!

xx, Victoria

Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Plan

As you all probably know, I adore my planner. My life is contained in a few hundred pages of spiraled Lilly goodness, and to me that's just perfect. Today, I decided I would do another post on my planner(s) (see my previous one here).

I've actually branched out to use two small Lilly notebooks to organize my everyday to-do lists and then a separate notebook for all swim-related stuff.

I do this because I like my planner to contain only assignments and meetings. Random to-do lists make it look cluttered and like I have too much going on (although I actually do have too much going on). These notebooks are even in my two favorite prints, May Flowers & Lucky Charms.
Please excuse my messy desk!

As you can see by some of the sample pages above, I have a ton of stuff going on at all times between my academic workload, my swim schedule/planning, this blog, and other various things. It's pretty crazy, but by using these two smaller notebooks, I can separate my school, swimming, and blogging agendas and stay on top of it all!

xx, Victoria

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

All Snowed In

As you've probably seen on the news, the South is currently experiencing a winter storm.

Now, I know that 1-2 inches of snow really isn't a lot, but for those of us who are not by any means used to dealing with actual winter weather, it's a big deal. Tons of schools are closed, businesses aren't open, flights are cancelled, etc. My dad is even trapped in an airport right now because of the bad weather (seriously hoping he won't have to spend another night in there!).

My internet is being a little wacky, so I apologize if this post doesn't come out on time or if it turns out weird. But, anyways, today I was going to talk about Boredom Busters. How appropriate is that since I'm currently trapped at my house?

1. Check out beauty tutorials on YouTube
My favorites are Lauren Curtis' videos. She gives pretty long intros, but she has some awesome makeup tips and ideas - plus she has over 100 videos posted, and that will take up a huge chunk of time if you watch a few (she even has a pale skin tutorial!).

2. Spa Day
Correlating with the previous suggestion, take a nice long bath, use that body scrub stacked away in your closet, and give yourself a mani/pedi (currently wearing Essie's "Fishnet Stockings"). There isn't much else to do, so you might as well look good when you finally get to return to civilization!

3. Read
I know this is a tad obvious, but I'm sure you all probably have a book around your house you never really got around to, or your family members/roommates have something they would suggest you check out. Find something to read and go for it! I'm currently reading Looking for Alaska.

4. Get Ahead
Go on and put that pile of clothes away, scrub down your shower, and do all of your laundry. Study for that test you have next week and get up to date on all of your syllabi! Take advantage of bad weather and come back to school/work one step ahead.

5. Make Something
Use what you have to either make a craft or bake something. You can usually just Google whatever ingredients you have and recipes involving those things will be suggested. You can also probably find some paint or yarn around the house, so go ahead and get crafty (see my DIY Board on Pinterest for some ideas!).

I hope this helps all of you stuck inside this week. I'm still waiting to hear if my school will be open tomorrow, so we'll see what happens! Stay safe.

xx, Victoria

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

What I'm Listening To

I haven't done one of these in a while, but I've been listening to pretty much the same songs over and over lately, and thought I would share them with you all!

1. The Man // Aloe Blac

2. Drunk in Love // Beyoncé & Jay-Z

3. Happy // Pharrell Williams

4. After the Storm // Mumford & Sons

5. Young Girls // Bruno Mars

6. Beautiful is Gone // The Ruse

7. Drink to that All Night // Jerrod Neimann

8. Look After You // The Fray

9. Shark in the Water // V.V. Brown

10. She's So High // Tal Bachman

These all range from pop to alternative, so check them out and let me know what you think!

xx, Victoria

Monday, January 27, 2014

Video: Everyday Makeup Routine

Today, I decided I would share my daily makeup routine with you all! I realized a few months ago that when I go to college next year (i.e. when I start going to school with boys for the first time), I need to figure out a quick and simple routine that will allow me to get ready in 10 minutes and look presentable. So, without further adieu, here it is!

Products used:
1. Neutrogena Shine Control Primer
2. Cinema Secrets Cream Concealer in "#61"
3. Neutrogena Shine Control Powder in "Invisible"
4. Elea Blake Blush in "Flustered"
5. E.L.F. Wet Brow Gloss
6. CoverGirl LashBlast Mascara in "Very Black"
7. Almay Wake Up Eyeliner/Highlighter Duo in "Coffee"
8. CoverGirl NatureLuxe Balm in "Marble"

Music: "Pompeii" by Bastille

I like a simple, natural looking makeup look that makes me look awake and that evens out my complexion. This is my first video post, so let me know what you think!

xx, Victoria

Friday, January 24, 2014

Pretty Writing

Fun fact: I have two pencil pouches that I carry with me at school. The first one is for ballpoint pens. The second one is for felt tip pens. I often get a lot of weird looks for this, but I feel that my OCD nature just calls for two separate pencil pouches.

Within each of these pencil pouches, I have 3 brands of pens that I love. 

For the ballpoint pens:

These pens are wonderful. They're Pilot Precise v5, and they are great for AP writes and other in-class essays. The ink is smooth and pigmented, and the fine tip does not smear. They're about $12 for a pack of 6, but they are totally worth it. 

These are retractable Pilot g2 pens. I prefer the .7 thickness, and the colors are so fun. I love them to add some color to my notes (see my APUSH post!) and color-coding just makes things so much better. 

Felt Tip Pens:
Le Pen is by far my favorite brand for felt-tip pens. Sometimes the felt-tip collapses or unravels, but that is not the case with these. They hold up wonderfully and the ink colors are gorgeous. I use these to draw vectors in Physics because the ink is smooth and doesn't bleed through. 
What are your favorite pens? I always love to try new ones! Have a great weekend.
xx, Victoria

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Daily Reads

I've received a lot of questions lately about what blogs I read. Just a heads up, my daily reading routine includes a ton of blogs. The list below are of my favorites!

1. The College Prepster
I want to be Carly. She is organized, stylish, and real. She never misses a day of posting, and sometimes she even does 2 a day! I've been reading TCP for almost two years religiously.

2. Design Darling
This blog is run by Carly's BFF, Mackenzie. She runs her own online boutique and has seriously amazing taste. I found her blog through TCP, and knew I had to add her to my daily reads immediately!

3. Prep In Your Step
I really like Prep In Your Step because it is run by Dorothy, a college freshman, at Furman (a school I applied to!). Since she's closer to my age, it's really nice to read all of her posts to get an idea of what freshman year will be like.

4. Gal Meets Glam
I discovered this blog a few months ago and was immediately smitten. Julia has amazing style and the best part is that her outfits are actually wearable. You know how sometimes fashion bloggers come up with these great outfits, but they aren't really suitable for everyday life? That isn't the case with Julia. She picks gorgeous clothes and they're ones I could see myself wearing too.

5. With Love from Kat
Design Darling lead me to this gem, and Kat leads the life I want for myself. She lives in New York in a beautiful apartment and just leads a glamorous life altogether. She has exquisite taste, and I recommend her blog for looking at some seriously gorgeous things.

6. The Girl in Pink
I found this blog a few weeks ago, and I love it. Abigail is a fellow high school senior, and her posts are refreshingly real and down-to-earth. She quickly became one of my daily reads, and I hope to collaborate with her someday!

7. Summer Wind
The Girl in Pink led me to Summer Wind, and I've been scouring through the archives ever since. sCe (who never reveals her full name!) has such great style, and builds a timeless wardrobe and documents it for us all to look at. Definitely worth checking out.

8. Prep Avenue
I found this one on Instagram, and Shannon, like Prep in Your Step, also goes to Furman! She does a lot of college life posts - dorm rooms, dining, study skills, etc., and I just love going through those every day!

9. Sailing the Sea of Style
She will be fierce one day. In fact, she already is. Sloane, the blogger behind this beauty, has amazing amazing style, and gives me inspiration for what I want to wear (that is when I don't have to wear a uniform anymore).

10. The Beauty Department
I adore the Beauty Department. They have tons and tons of amazing ideas for hair, nails, skin, and makeup, and they always present it in easy-to-replicate pictures and instructions.

11. Sequins and Stripes
This blog is the perfect mixture of personal posts and style. Its owner, Liz, is precious, and I'm so glad I stumbled upon her blog a few months ago! Definitely worth the read!

As you can see, I spend a lot of time online reading various blogs. It has become a part of my daily routine to set aside 30-45 minutes of just reading and looking. It's helped stem my own creativity and helped me decompress after or before a long day.

What do you all read every day?

xx, Victoria

Wednesday, January 22, 2014


Last night, we had a very tough swim meet. It was against a great team from Nashville, and I am so proud to say that we won!

I, however, swam horribly. I was so proud of my teammates, but I couldn't help but focus on my own personal failure instead of boosting them up for their accomplishments. I even wrote my college essay on this problem of mine - not being a good teammate when I need to be.

Before the meet, I spoke to the girls and told them that instead of swimming for a score, a place, a time, or a record, that tonight we needed to swim for each other. I told them that tonight was a night where all we could do was swim the best we could and be proud of ourselves, no matter what the score ended up being, and I told them that tonight was a night where we would remember the hours and hours we have poured into practices and workouts, and for that, we should swim not for ourselves, but for each other.

This was the first motivational speech I had ever given. I said all of these things before the meet, and I was so excited to get in the pool and compete. But when I had yet another rough swim, I was so disappointed in myself. I felt like a hypocrite. I told these girls that they needed to swim for each other, and yet when I dove in, I swam for myself, and I failed miserably.

But, as always, I learned another valuable lesson - even though I didn't swim well, that wasn't my failure. My failure last night was not being a good teammate. I encouraged them to support each other, and I hardly did it myself.

Our final meet of the season is next Thursday. It's against our rival, and we have a great chance to win. I am scared of my own personal failure, but I shouldn't be. I should be proud of my team, because every single day, they persevere and power through the tough practices, the bad swims, and the rough days. For that, I am proud of them, and I am proud to be a part of such an amazing team.

xx, Victoria

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Beauty Brag

As you all know, I put my hair through the wringer pretty much every day. As a swimmer, I deal with a swim cap constantly tugging on my hair and the chlorine stripping it for two hours a day. But, I feel that I don't have the stereotypical chlorine-green swimmer hair due to a few great products.

I promise that I don't use most of these everyday, but because they have saved my locks on many occasions, I figured I would share them with you all.

Going from left to right, we have...

1. Not Your Mother's "Beach Babe Salt Spray"
Spray this on a braid and you'll have surfer waves in a few hours. Be careful not to overuse this though - due to the salt in it, it is very drying, and can make your hair crunchy and greasy if you spray too much. The upside is that it smells good though!

2. John Frieda's "Root Awakening Detangling Spray"
For all of your worst tangles, this spray gets them out without making your hair super greasy. It smells a little funky, but it isn't a lingering smell.

3. Pantene "Ultimate 10 BB Creme"
This is the best creation ever. Whoever dreamt up this concoction deserves some sort of award. I use this every day after I get out of the shower, and it makes my hair soft, shiny, and frizz-free. It has a modest scent and doesn't have an overpowering smell, like a lot of Pantene products can.

4. Not Your Mother's "Smooth Moves Frizz Control Hair Cream"
I use this when I run out of my Pantene BB Cream or when I want a little bit of a stronger scent. This stuff smells like coconuts and summer, and it helps control frizz, like it says. It isn't the greatest in frizz control, but sometimes that amazing smell wins over.

5. Tresemmé "FreshStart Dry Shampoo for Curly Hair"
Even though I don't really have curly hair, I prefer the foam texture of this dry shampoo over Tresemeé's straight hair spray. It just helps sop up a little extra grease if you went too crazy with some other product, or if you just don't want to wash your hair that day.

6. Bumble & Bumble "Gloss Shine Spray"
Be. Careful. Bumble & Bumble has made a great shine spray here, but beware overuse. I would recommend spraying 1-2 spritzes of this, then brushing through, then adding more as needed. You can end up looking like a greasy mess if you don't watch the amount of this that's going into your hair. However, when used properly, this shine spray can really give the glossy lacquer you're looking for to your tresses.

7. Pantene "All-in-One Styling Balm"
This is best for after I straighten my hair. This cream helps tame the flyways and gives a subtle shine. If you're using this on dry hair, use a very light hand when pumping it out of the bottle. It doesn't take much at all - a dime-sized squirt should do it for medium length hair.

8. Not Your Mother's "Beat the Heat Thermal Styling Shield Spray"
Before you even think about touching that 300 degree curling iron, spritz a little of this on your hair first. Since using it, I have noticed that my heat-generated styles hold longer, and that they don't get limp or heat-damaged while I'm styling.

Well, that's all that's in my day to day hair arsenal for now. What do you all use to tame your mane? Comment below!

xx, Victoria

Monday, January 20, 2014


I am so relieved/ecstatic/blessed/stoked/happy/nervous/anxious to say....


I received my acceptance letter on Friday, and I am now committed to swim for Rhodes College in Memphis, TN!

I basically cried tears of relief and excitement when I opened the letter on Friday, and called my future (!) coach to tell him the good news and to commit. Because Rhodes is Division III, I cannot receive any athletic scholarships, but I do not have to apply for separate scholarships (thank God). I feel like a thousand pounds have been lifted off of my shoulders now that I have been accepted to my top choice school.

I'm heading to Memphis! Aaah!

Friday, January 17, 2014

The Cure for Anything

If you ready my post yesterday, you know that I was headed for a full-fledged mental breakdown. And it happened. You've also probably realized that I have some anxiety issues as well. But, I feel so much better now that it's all out. I haven't received a letter from my top choice school yet, so I'm feeling like it will be in my mailbox later today. I am still terrified of what it's going to say, but after hearing some much needed reassuring words, I think that I'll be alright.

It's still crazy how the next four years of my life are heading to my house right now on a little sheet of paper, but it's going to be ok. I'm still trying to convince myself that no matter what it says that I'm still Victoria, I'm still smart, and I'm still valuable. It's a hard trio to believe sometimes.

What really got me through yesterday was my friends. I'm the type of person who has to talk everything out and vent endlessly until it's all out of my system. Thankfully, my friends and teammates were willing to listen and helped calm me down. They told me that no matter what, they still love me, and I honestly couldn't ask for much more than that.

I've been so blessed over the years to have these sweet friends, and I know that since I am leaving for college (somewhere...hopefully), I will truly miss them more than they will ever know. The good news is that I have all of their numbers and usernames so a tweet or a text will keep them close to my heart for the years to come.

So, they say the cure for anything is salt - sweat, tears, or the sea. I disagree. The cure for anything is people who love you.

xx, Victoria

Thursday, January 16, 2014


Yesterday, my top choice college mailed out decision letters. I anticipate receiving it in the mail either today or tomorrow.

Last night, I had my third emotional breakdown this week, and it's safe to say that I am a complete and total mess. I am nauseated all the time because I am so stressed out. My friends and boyfriend are  concerned because I haven't been acting like myself lately and it's scaring me. I am so scared of what that letter will say. Essentially, my life is dictated on a little piece of paper.

In addition to finding out about college soon, I am really struggling in school this year. I have never really had a hard time in school. Of course I've had to work really hard to get good grades, but I've never had to handle a sense of constantly drowning in work. I'm the person who is on the ball and has it together all the time, and this year I've been anything but that.

So much is changing in my life, and my relationships with friends and family are no exception. I've become distant from my friends, I've began to lose interest in things, and it honestly scares me to death.

I'm afraid of who I am becoming.

I am afraid that my life plan is about to go horribly wrong and that I will be trapped at some school that I don't love and that I will be alone. I'm afraid that I will push my friends out of my life, without even knowing why, and then it'll just be me and my thoughts.

I know that I'm usually one to say that everything will be fine, but I honestly don't know anymore. And that in itself is truly terrifying.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Lust List

I haven't done one of these in a while because I'm trying to curb my obsessive internet shopping, but just have to look. So, topping my list right now is....
1.  J.Crew Vest
These just go with everything. I feel like I could justify buying this because I know that I will wear it every single day next fall in college! I love the navy one (and would pop a small hot pink monogram on the collar. Swoon.).

2. Kiyla Monogram Bracelet
I love this bracelet. It is dainty and sophisticated, and I just want it on my wrist so badly. Plus, the price is reasonable given the quality of the bracelet! Check it out on Baublebar.

3. 'Mikas Pond Lacey' Kate Spade Wallet
Oh. Please please please be mine! The hot pink one is just too cute. Also, the wallet has so many pockets and pouches, which means that my terrible receipt-hoarding methods can continue (and be cute)!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Beauty Brag

My skin is incredibly volatile. Parts of my face are dry, parts of it are oily, parts of it are very acne prone. Makeup usually aggravates my face even more, but enter the greatest makeup ever - Elea Blake. This is a Chattanooga based company that personally customizes all makeup to match your skin tone.
Elea Blake is great for me because I know that they use awesome quality minerals and other materials, and because they custom match my shade, I'm never going to look too ghostly or too orange.

I wore only Elea Blake for my senior pictures, and they turned out great. My skin looked flawless, and I promise you that on its own it never ever does.
The best part is that you can order their makeup online and they even ship internationally! I would strongly recommend venturing down to Chattanooga to get your color matched, but you can still browse around on their website and pick out some gorgeous and good-for-you makeup!

Monday, January 13, 2014

English Study Skills

I would consider myself pretty good at English. I would also consider it one of the hardest classes to study for. Over the years, I've finally figured out a way to study for the different types of English tests or quizzes that I've been presented with.

1. Vocabulary
Flashcards or Quizlet is the best way to go here. You have to learn to spit out the answers quickly which helps you master the material, not just learn it.

2. AP Writes (in-class essays)
You can't do much to prepare for these, but you can familiarize yourself with the type of write you have - rhetorical, analytical, synthesis, poetry, tragedy, etc. This helps you learn the format of what the AP graders/your teacher is looking for. If you don't have the formula for the certain type of write you're doing, just look it up on the internet. Most AP workbooks will spell all the necessary components out for you.

3. Short-Answer
These are usually for books, and they are usually plot, scene, or quotation explications. The best way to prepare for these is to look on SparkNotes for their sample questions and go from there. Those usually give you a ball-park of what your teacher will be looking for.

4. Grammar
If you're in high school, hopefully your grammar test days are over. But, if you still have grammar tests, the best way to study for them is to get sample sentences and practice with them. You can often look to your textbook or online resources (Purdue has an awesome online grammar lab!) for help.

I hope this helps all of you English students out there!

xx, Victoria

Friday, January 10, 2014

Athlete Travel Essentials

Today we're heading to Atlanta! I'm so excited to swim against an awesome team and spend some time with my own awesome team. As I was packing last night, I mentally compiled a list of all of my travel essentials for out of town competitions, and I decided I should share it with y'all!

1. Yoga Pants
Buses are typically cold and uncomfortable, so some comfy pants go a long way to making it more bearable.

2. iPod
For obvious reasons, you need all of your music to get you pumped for competition.

3. Camelbak
You have to stay super hydrated for anything competitive, so bringing a water bottle that won't spill is great for traveling with the team.

4. Portable Charger
My phone battery lasts about 2 seconds on the road, and throwing a portable charger in my bag makes a huge difference.

5. Ear Warmers
For swimmers, our wet hair keeps us very cold for hours after a meet, so ear warmers help just a little (plus these are super cute!).

6. Pillow Pet
For bus naps.

7. Blanket
Also for bus naps.

8. Burt's Bees
I cannot get comfortable if I have chapped lips. I just can't! Burt's Bees is by far my favorite lip balm and I can't go anywhere without having a tube on me!

9. Granola Bar
If I'm hungry, I'll reach for whatever is available, and that can lead to me picking something unhealthy that will negatively affect my performance in the pool.

Click on my Polyvore Profile to see links to all of the things above!
What do y'all take on trips with you?

xx, Victoria

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Spring Semester Essentials

The latter half of the school year is upon us! Yay! We're halfway there!
In Tennessee, the spring semester means two things: heat & humidity. So, I decided to compile a few things that are mandatory to survive the spring semester.

1. Raincoat & Rainboots
The rainy season rolls around from February through May, so a good rain coat and boots are key to staying dry as you walk around campus. I have a Marmot rain jacket and Hunter rain boots and I just love them!

2. Fan
Whether you're still at home, in a dorm, or in an apartment, it will be warm soon (even though that's pretty hard to believe considering it's 9 degrees outside right now...). My room gets very cold or very warm very quickly, so having a fan helps me control the heat a little and make it more comfortable.

3. Transitional Outfits
This one is pretty obvious, but February and March are just awkward. I never know quite what to wear, so by having some wardrobe staples like button downs, skinny jeans, bright scarves, light sweaters, and ballet flats/duck boots, you can dredge through the cold days and bask in the warmer ones comfortably. Check out my Polyvore site to see some outfits I've put together!

How do you get through spring semester?

xx, Victoria

Wednesday, January 8, 2014


I just joined Bloglovin'!
I'm still figuring out what it is, but I hope that y'all find me on there and follow me!

Click here to follow me!

xx, Victoria

5 Apps Every High School Student Needs

There are some apps (all available through Apple's App Store) that are just amazingly useful in high school. These 5 apps range from business to pleasure, and I use them all every single day!

1. New York Times or CNN
I'm partial to these two, but any news app will suffice in this category. By having a news app, you can stay up to date on what's happening in the world, even if you don't have time to actually watch the news every day. Downloading a news app makes you a more educated person since you're aware of what's going on in the world.

2. The Weather Channel
For me, the regular weather app that is pre-programmed on the iPhone just doesn't cut it for me. I prefer a little bit of a more detailed weather report, especially when I'm lifeguarding (radar maps = lifesavers). This will come in handy especially as I travel to and from college next year!

3. Banking App
I recently found out that my own bank account had been tampered with. This was a tough learning experience, but I realized that this could have been prevented if I had monitored my bank accounts closely. Nowadays, most banks have an app that you can download to keep tabs on your money. You can deposit checks and pay bills from most, so I highly recommend looking into the app store to see if your bank provides an app!

4. Flashlight
With the new iOS7 update, the iPhones have an automatic flashlight built in, but for those who refuse to update or for those who feel that the standard flashlight app is actually brighter, the flashlight app is a must. It's one of those apps you don't know you need until you need it, but it's always good to be prepared, and it is so useful.

5. Netflix
Come on. It's awesome. You can watch series upon series (my current favorite is One Tree Hill!) and movies galore (even documentaries for school for free!).

Hope these help y'all!
xx, Victoria

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The Kids are Alright

It's the first day of my final semester of high school.
It's so weird to think that all this time I've been anticipating being a second semester senior, and now that the time is really here, I am terrified.

For years now, I've thought that my senior year would be the most amazing time of my life - I'd have great grades, great times in the pool, great friends, etc. So far, everything has been pretty, well, great.

However, I can't help feeling a little...disappointed. For some reason I thought that senior year would have me captivated in this rush of awesomeness and that hard work or strife would be a faded memory in my mind. I don't know why I thought that, but I've come to believe that senior year isn't just about basking in the greatness that you've built for yourself during high school. It's about learning to combat real life situations like college acceptance or rejection, the separation of solid friends, and the harsh reality of leaving everything you once thought would stay forever. The grandeur of this time fades and what you're left with is whatever it is you've become, be that the athlete, the drama geek, or the brainiac.

But, this doesn't mean senior year isn't great. It is. It's a time where you get to figure out what you're made of, or rather how tough you are when things don't go your way.
I guess what I'm saying is that senior year is a time for you to find out what you're made of. It's a time where the expectations and anticipations are higher than you could've ever dreamed and you just want to make it out alive. It's a time where all of the adults in your life are starting to look at you as one of their own while still seeing you as the little kid you were 10 years ago.

It's an in-between time. It's scary, it's wild, and the best way to describe it is to experience it. I guess what I'm trying to say is that you shouldn't get bogged down by your expectations about senior year. This goes towards other things as well, but when you focus so much on what something is supposed to be, you can easily miss out on what it is.

Senior year flies. And to all my fellow seniors out there, I hope you're having fun.

xx, Victoria

Sunday, January 5, 2014

5 Artists We Haven't Heard from in a While {and are missing}

Have y'all noticed that when musicians come out with awesome stuff, after the buzz about their new album or tour dies down, they seem to just...vanish? I was thinking about this the other day and realized that there are 5 major artists that seem to be missing off the charts lately:

1. Adele
After her son was born, Adele seems to have gone missing. However, last night (January 4) tragedy struck as her beachside home was destroyed by a tidal wave. While we all eagerly await her return, here's my favorite Adele song, Turning Tables.

2. Maroon 5
I don't know how "She Will be Loved" is still so popular, but clearly Maroon 5 knows what they're doing. Their latest album, Overexposed was released in 2012, and since then we haven't heard a peep about any new music. The group announced that they will begin recording for their 5th album in April 2013, but until that new album is released, a little bit of their borderline classic will have to tide us over.

3. Coldplay
With the exception of the single "Atlas" (featured on the Hunger Games), Coldplay has gone MIA since the drop of Mylo Xyloto in October of 2011. With all of their well-known songs, we're all going through a bit of a Coldplay withdrawal. I mean, how can you not miss Chris Martin? Check out my personal favorite Coldplay song, "Life in Technicolor ii" below.

4. Chris Brown
My elementary and middle school music taste was essentially all about Chris Brown. After his 'incident' with Rihanna, it seems that Chris Brown has taken a break from the spotlight. This is probably a good thing, but the guy knows how to make catchy music. His newest album, X, is scheduled to drop early this year. In the meantime, enjoy the classic "Forever."

5. Jason Aldean
After Night Train came out in October of 2012, the country star has been virtually silent with the exception of his Night Train tour. However, he recently announced that on January 9th, 2014, he will be making a big announcement. Until then, here's "Staring at the Sun," one of my favorites from his last album.

Who else are we missing? Comment below!

xx, Victoria

Friday, January 3, 2014

What's in my bag? {Everyday Tote Edition}

I absolutely love seeing "What's in my bag?" posts. I don't know why but it is fascinating to see what people carry around with them. So, today I decided I would write a post on what I put in my bag!

And without further adieu, here are the contents of my bag!

The Bag: Longchamp Le Pilage Medium Tote
The Wallets: Merona & Hermés
The Phone: iPhone 4S with a Tory Burch case
The Makeup Bag: Scout
Within the Makeup Bag: Burt's Bees Lip Balm, Laura Mercier Lip Gloss, Random Notepad, Pilot G7 Pen, Cetaphil Facial Wipes, 5 Gum in Cobalt, EmiJay Hair Tie
The Shades: Ray-Ban Polarized Wayfarers
The Planner: Lilly Pulitzer (in Let's Cha-Cha)
The Pencil Pouch: Lilly Pultizer (in Tusk in Sun)

What do you keep in your bags?

xx, Victoria

Thursday, January 2, 2014

2014: Month by Month

Instead of a year-long resolution or two, I've decided that I will have twelve.
As daunting as this sounds, I decided that each month will be focused on a particular characteristic or quality that I want to emphasize in my life. So...

January: Enjoyment.
I only have a few high school swim meets left, and it absolutely breaks my heart to think that I only have a mere month and a half left with my sweet swim girls. For the month of January, I resolve to slow down (not in the pool though ;)) and really enjoy my final days as a high school athlete and senior night.

February: Speed.
February is crazy with HUGE swim meets like State and Southeasterns. February will be the month of speed, in which I resolve to focus in and really get work done at these big meets.

March: Friends.
The main feature of March is Spring Break. It's an awkward month seasonally - it's still kinda cold and then it's kinda getting warm, but in March, I resolve to spend time with my friends while I can. I want to soak in the time we have left together as much as possible.

April: Glam.
Between my birthday, May Day, and prom, April is a beauty-packed month. April will be the month of glam, which means that I resolve to iron out all the kinks in my hair (ha) and make every effort to make these special events look great in pictures for years to come!

May: Celebration.
May will be a busy, heart-wrenching month. It will be my one-year anniversary with my boyfriend, AP exams, and graduation. I resolve to celebrate all of my hard work in the classroom and cherish the memories I will make as I walk across the stage to receive my diploma (eek!).

June: Grind.
My summer schedule is rather hectic. Between my job(s) and swimming, I'm going all day long. In June, I resolve to work hard in the pool and at work to have a productive summer!

July: Preparation.
In August, I will be moving away to go to college. I don't know where I'm going yet, but I will be going somewhere. So, in July, I resolve to get ready. This means anything from shopping for dorm bedding, textbooks, Pinning like a madwoman, or spending time with my family before moving out.

August: Change.
It's college time y'all. I'll be a freshman. No one will know who I am or what I'm like, and it is terrifying. However, I'm ready for a change. It'll be a hectic time, but in August I resolve to embrace the change.

September: Calm.
Hopefully I'll be settled into my new routine at this point. This month's resolution is a little bit more up in the air, but in September, I resolve to attempt to stay calm as the semester progresses.

October: Crisp.
I don't know how better to describe fall in the south than crisp. Fall is gorgeous down here, so for the month of October, I resolve to be crisp as well - meaning that I will get my act together! I will stay organized and on-the-ball as midterms approach and everything starts to get crazy.

November: Family.
I'm guessing that I'll be pretty homesick at this point. Cue Thanksgiving! In November, I resolve to spend some time with my family and actually value the time that I'll have with them.

December: Joy.
This month's resolution is a little bit more obvious, but in December, the semester will wrap up and I'll be busy with shopping and traveling on top of exams. So, in the final month of 2014, I resolve to reflect on the past year and be content with whatever life throws at me.

What are your resolutions for the coming year?