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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

10 Great Memphis Restaurants

If you get hungry in Memphis, you're in a great place.

In my 7 or so months as Memphian, I would say I've become a connoisseur of sorts of Chinese and Mexican food. You know, working that college budget.

But, that doesn't mean I don't have some fabulous recommendations that break that mold!

1. Mulan (Midtown)
If we're being completely honest, my friends and I probably order takeout once a week. It is so good. The best part is that they deliver, so for busy nights in the library, food comes to you, and it is delicious. I recommend General Tso's chicken, the chicken fried rice, and the crunchy crab roll (my absolute favorite!).

2. Frida's (Midtown)
It's a little pricier than some other Mexican places in town, but their queso is fabulous and I've heard their margaritas are really good too!

3. Majestic Grille (Downtown)
If you want to venture downtown and don't want to destroy your bank account, a grilled cheese or chicken caesar salad at Majestic is the way to go. They certainly have some pricier entrees like ravioli and steak, but their more affordable options are just as good!

4. Huey's (Numerous locations)
My go-to when I'm craving a burger. You can get in and out for under $10, but if you split cheese fries with your friends, I won't tell, promise! ;)

5. Cafe Eclectic (Numerous locations)
It is always packed, but it is so well worth the wait. You can get anything breakfast-y you could ever dream of, and their coffees are to die for. They have Illy coffee, but also have some awesome in-house drinks.

6. Trolley Stop (Downtown)
It will be the most heavenly pizza you will ever have. The slices are absolutely humongous, and something about their ingredients just tastes really fresh.

7. Central BBQ (Numerous locations)
I couldn't write a post on Memphis restaurants without throwing in a barbecue joint! Central's BBQ nachos are awesome, but I also recommend just a portion of pulled pork with collard greens for a slightly healthier option. You also get to keep the cups (they're stadium cups), and that's a bonus.

8. Flight (Downtown)
If you're prepared to drop a little bit of cash, Flight is a great place to go. It's downtown, and they have really good appetizers and it's a great place to get a steak.

9. Houston's (Midtown)
I highly recommend their artichoke leaf appetizer and their salmon. Another place where you can run up quite a tab if you want to, but it is certainly worth the splurge every once in a while (or when your parents are in town).

10. Old Venice Pizza Company (Midtown)
Their mozzarella sticks are huge and delicious, and it's a fun place to go with a big group of friends to get some good pizza or pasta.

Fellow Memphians, where do you like to go?

xx, Victoria

Monday, March 30, 2015

My my my...

...little ADPi, Kappa Delta, Tri Delts ya look so fine. 

Ooh don't know what I'm gonna do around them Zetas, Thetas, Chi Os, and little Phi Mus.

Tell me you've heard that song before! If you haven't, go get yourself some Monday morning Luke Bryan loving to start your week off right.

Today I wanted to address something that I think can be easily misconstrued - sorority shirts are not only for sleeping (surprise!). Although I totally understand and have been guilty of wearing the same shirt I slept in to class, let's just imagine a world where we have thousands of date party and philanthropy shirts and put them to better use, shall we?

On another note, you might remember this favorite old skirt of mine. It's comfortable, it's swishy, I mean, what more could you want? Well, other than Luke Bryan. Duh.

Shop these pieces and similar ones below:
xx, Victoria

Photos by Olivia Burchett

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Life Lately

I haven't done one of these in quite some time, so I figured I'd let y'all know what's going on in my life besides some great new shoes and shopping for clothes on the internet.

First off, it's been quite an adjustment being out of swim season. I thought I'd have tons and tons of free time, and while I did for the first week or so, spring semester has really picked up, and now I'm pretty darn busy! School is going infinitely better than it was last semester. It's partly because I have better professors, but it's also due to the fact that I'm taking classes that are more interesting to me this time around. Although the courses are more challenging, I don't mind as much because they're more interesting to me. It's my inner geek coming out, don't judge!

Speaking of being geeky, yesterday was a really big day for me. I had the honor of speaking at the Gender & Sexuality Studies Symposium here at Rhodes. Although I'm not a GSS major or minor, I wrote a paper on Tennessee's Amendment One through the lens of a book I read in high school called The Handmaid's Tale, and submitted it for the symposium. I plan to pursue other similar opportunities as well. Let's hear it for people who write papers for fun!

ALSO - I have the privilege of rooming with this lovely lady again! Woohoo!

Since I'm not spending 5 hours a day commuting to and from practice and swimming, I've been spending it in a few different ways. I've picked up Pure Barre again and I've already seen a difference in my body. It isn't exactly a secret that my body changed since coming to college, and Pure Barre has been by far the most effective thing to combat that. Plus, it's a fun workout and I really enjoy it! I've also been finally able to attend KD chapter meetings and participate in various events. Although these things can sometimes be tedious, it's been a great reminder to me why I chose to go KD in the first place.

Life in general has been much better this semester. I was a complete mess when I went home for Christmas Break. I was on the verge of transferring schools and quitting swimming, and I'm so glad that I didn't do either of those things. Although swimming in college has been a huge adjustment, I feel confident that next season will be better simply because I won't spend half of the season trying to get used to things. What was making me so upset all the time was my relationship. This is not to say anything against the guy - he really is an awesome person, and I wish him every happiness - but we just didn't work anymore, and it was really hard on me. So for January, I was a mess too, but hey, you have to take those things one day at a time.

So, the short read is that I'm fully embracing how geeky I am. At least my GPA is happier? ;)

xx, Victoria

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Pumped up kicks

All the other kids have 'em.

As we finally reach actually comfortable temperatures outside, I realized one very sad thing - I would have to put my blanket scarves away.

But then, as I was shopping at J. Crew, I stumbled upon this tasseled beauty, and was delighted to find that I would not have to give up my safety blanket favorite scarves after all.

Instead, I'd just opt for linen ones rather than woolen ones, and in a light and airy print to make them feel more up-to-season.

And pair it with some fabulous shoes, of course.

Shop these pieces and similar ones below:
xx, Victoria

Photos by Olivia Burchett