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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

4th of July Party Inspiration

It's almost here!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Workday Wear

Some days it's a struggle putting on nice clothes.

Friday, June 26, 2015

"I've had to make statements like this too many times"

We could roll with "Georgia on my mind" since I go through Atlanta to get to Charleston but...not quite.

From my Spring Break trip to Charleston last year

So here's my understanding of what's going on: a young caucasian man murdered 9 african-american citizens in a church due to racial hatred.

I can't help but think - why is this still an issue?

Why are we still debating whether or not we need gun control? Why are we still classifying racial issues as a thing of the past?

"We as a country, we have to reckon with the fact that this mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries," President Obama said last week.

So many people have expressed their sadness and remorse that an event such as this happened yet again.

But I ask you to think today, at what point do we all realize that enough is enough? How much is it going to take for us, as a nation, to realize that gun control has to happen? I would love for everyone to be able to exercise their Second Amendment rights in a safe way, but frankly, I don't think that's possible anymore.

Guns are misused so often now that we've nearly become immune to how often shootings happen.

How much is enough? How many Charlestons, Virginia Techs, Sandy Hooks, Auroras, how many do we need to have?

For a long time, I have tried to see the side of those who are in favor of preserving Second Amendment rights at all costs. I told myself that they wanted these rights because of the governmental precedent it would maintain - the people can override the government. However, I am now struggling to see their side. I cannot imagine any justification for the easily accessible use of guns anymore.

I would love to hear some of your thoughts on this issue.

My prayers go out to the loved ones of the Charleston victims.

xx, Victoria

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Wake up faster

Would I consider myself a morning person? Yes.
Would I consider myself a person who hates waking up? Absolutely.

Once I'm up, we're good, but goodness, getting there is just about the worst thing in the world. 

Here are a few things I do to help myself not hate the world before my feet even hit the ground -

One // Coffee
Duh. Elixir of life here. But really, get a coffee blend that you like and have all the fixings easy to get a hold of in the morning. I know you can program some coffee makers to brew at a certain time everyday, so if you have one of those, that might help! (PS have you entered the High Brew Coffee giveaway yet?)

Two // Obnoxious alarm(s)
My roommate is a saint when it comes to my multiple alarms. Neither of us like waking up so we understand! The alarm that makes me jolt is the first few notes of Vampire Weekend's "A-Punk." I will never look at that song the same way again, but man does that get me UP!

Three // Breakfast you love
Personally, 3 egg whites and a little mozzarella takes me from a walking zombie to a functional being. But that may not be it for you! If waffles or yogurt makes your heart happy, go for it! Just grab something that you look forward to wolfing down every day.

Four // Make the first thing you look at something you like
It could be your dog, the bird chirping outside, or my shining face via Internet (hehe). Whatever it is that makes your groggy self smile a little, that's what you need to put right in front of you when that proverbial rooster crows.

If you have any tips for getting up faster, please let me know! I can always use a little boost to get going first thing.

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xx, Victoria

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Link Love

Halfway through the week! Woohoo!

I'm hoping to roll out some new outfit posts for you guys next week. I apologize for the fashion hiatus! My life has been so insane lately that I've been struggling to find the time to pull outfits together that you all haven't already seen before. My mom and I went hard at Anthropologie's tag sale this week, so I have some super cute new pieces that I can't wait to show you!

But, for today, we've got some lovable links to get you through this busy, busy week!

J. Crew & Madewell // Jamie wrote a really great post about J. Crew's recent...ahem...issues... and does a great job of really addressing the root of their problems - they're trying to be something that their consumers don't want them to be. This is a great read!

Lace Work Tank // I grabbed this top at Anthropologie's tag sale and it is SO cute! It is very romantic and the details are beautiful in person.

Why I loved going to an all-girls school // Yes, yes yes. To every single word. (And to top it off, the author of this went to Harpeth Hall in Nashville, and my alma mater always had a wonderful relationship with Harpeth Hall. We loved our 'cuda friends!)

Nordstrom 40% off sale // Love it all, need it all. I'm really thinking I might pull the trigger on this bag.

Fabletics Taylor Tank // I bought this shirt a few weeks ago, and LOVE it! It doesn't really look quite like it does online (the draping is much different) but I still love it and get compliments on it every time I wear it!

Dear Crissy // I just discovered this blog last week when I was perusing the internet for some healthy recipe ideas. I love her honesty and attitude of perseverance through kicking tough cravings!

Kerrie's health post // Another post that I really resonated with. I love Kerrie's newfound outlook on all things health and really appreciated her honesty as well!

7 ways to keep visitors on your site longer // A great read with some easy and helpful tips!

Popular here on MM // Workday Lunches {GIVEAWAY!} // Night on the town // Morning Routine

May your coffee be strong and your Wednesday be short!

PS - don't forget to enter this week's giveaway with High Brew Coffee!

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xx, Victoria

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Summer Makeup

Lordy lordy is it HOT outside!

I feel like my makeup is consistently melting off my face no matter what I'm wearing. Here are a few products that minimize the melting and stay put through this hellish summer heat.

Tell me, what do you use to keep from looking like a melted cheeto during the summer?

PS - don't forget to enter this week's giveaway with High Brew Coffee!

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Workday Lunches {GIVEAWAY!}

Happy Monday, friends!

I know we’re all oh-so glad to be back to the grind after having a fun Father’s Day weekend. Each of us have special relationships with our fathers, and I am so glad that I got to spend the day with mine!

I’m also pretty lucky because not only do I get to spend Father’s Day with my dad, but during the week, I’m with him too. One of my jobs this summer is at his office (I’ll tell y’all a little more about what I’m doing there in a few weeks – stay tuned!), so although I don’t work directly with him, I do get to see him a lot throughout the day.

I am so SO grateful to have that job, but I’m definitely used to moving around a lot during the day. Rather, when I’m lifeguarding, I’m moving from stand to stand, cleaning the pool, plyaing with kids, etc., and when I’m at school, I move from class to class, practice to library, etc. Short read – I have trouble sitting still all day. It makes me sleepy!

So, I bet you can imagine how pumped I am to be up and moving around during my lunch break. However, because of the sedentary nature of my job, I need to bring something light and energizing so I won’t fall asleep during the second half of the day!

I like to start out by making a minimum of half of my lunch vegetables. Baby spinach is one of my favorite summer foods because it is filling and goes with pretty much anything.

I then add tomatoes and fresh mozzarella to nearly every single lunch I pack. You can’t beat a combo like that when it’s blazing hot outside!

If we have any leftover salad veggies, like olives, hearts of palm, etc., I’ll throw them in too, but for today I’m keeping it pretty simple.

Next I add in some protein. This is SO important for me. If I don’t add some in, I will completely crash and feel horrible. I just use leftovers for this. I usually ask my mom to make an extra helping of whatever meat we have for dinner the night before, and today I had the choice of leftover chicken or shrimp. Since we don’t have shrimp nearly as often as we have chicken, I opted for the shrimp for some variety.

I’ll add a scoop of some leftover quinoa salad, and all my food is set to go!

But, before I scramble out the door (#foreveroversleeping), I’ve been adding a new item to my lunch bag recently – coffee. When it’s this hot outside, I absolutely hate hot coffee. I know my body needs the caffeine, but I just can’t manage to gulp a 90-degree drink down when it’s over 90 degrees outside.

High Brew Coffee was kind enough to send me a case of their canned cold-brew coffee, and I’m telling y’all, it is the best thing to get me through those long days at the office. It is refreshing and creamy, and there are only 60 calories in each can (their Black & Bold version only has 20!). I really like that there isn’t a whole lot of sugar in each can. Too much sugar, especially at mid-day will really cause that 3 PM crash, and for me, HBC has just the right amount of sugar to plow me through the rest of the day’s tasks.

Today, I’m so stinkin’ excited because High Brew is giving a case of their delicious coffee away to not one, but TWO of you! You’ll each get a case with all their different flavors, a t-shirt, sticker, lip balm, and a few more things so you can rep HBC if you so choose! This Texas based company is going places, y’all, and I’m so pumped to share them with you. If you want to try out a can or two for fun, you can grab them at Target too!

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Special thanks to High Brew Coffee for sponsoring this post. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Memphis Made possible!

xx, Victoria

Friday, June 19, 2015

Should you rush?

On Instagram, I've seen a lot of recruitment buzz lately.

Many girls are posting pictures of them with their sorority sisters encouraging girls to sign up for recruitment for this fall. There are a lot of pros and cons to Greek life, and I know that some of you aren't quite sure if it's worth it.

Side note, if you're already in college, you can totally rush as a sophomore or junior. Yes, I realize it isn't as common as going through recruitment as a freshman, but you can still experience Greek life at whatever school you attend.

You will meet tons of people.
College can be a bit tricky to navigate (socially that is) at first. If you choose to go through recruitment, even if you don't pledge, you'll meet a bunch of girls that are both in your class and older than you.

You can get involved easily.
A really cool thing about sororities is that there is a lot of room for leadership. Someone has to be on executive council, and it could be you someday! Also, if you love philanthropy, Greek life in general strongly emphasizes giving back to charitable causes. Different chapters have different organizations that they support, and that could have a great influence over your decision.

You can network.
One of the internships I have this summer is because of one of my sorority sisters. She nannies for my boss, and when she said that she was looking for interns, my sister put it in our Facebook page. Greek life extends beyond your particular house at your particular school though - a lot of girls I went to high school with went KD at different schools, and now we bond over the sisterhood we share and we can swap t-shirt ideas. ;)

You will make tons of great girlfriends.
You really will. If you jive well with your pledge class (that's for a whole other post - coming soon!), you will make quick friends, and you can be workout buddies, study partners, and some of your sorority sisters will be the ones who motivate you to sprint a little faster or study a little later.

But, as with any organization, there are cons.

There is a solid financial commitment.
I will not lie to you - Greek life can be expensive. When considering if you want to go through recruitment, you need to understand that if you receive a bid and decide to pledge, you will be financially obligated. Each school and each sorority handles finances a little differently, but you need to be aware that it is a financial commitment and that there are penalties for not being able to make it work. However, usually, if you approach the Finance chair, you can more often than not work out a payment plan to allow you to pay your dues and maintain an active status.

You may not get the house you want.
The first night of recruitment, I was more or less tied between KD and another house for my first choices. The next morning, I found out that that other house dropped me. I was really upset about this for a little while, because I felt like I had nailed my conversations at that house and that the girls really liked me. It is important to recognize that just because a house drops you, it doesn't mean they didn't like you. They are looking for girls that will best represent and fit in with the girls they already have, and sometimes they have to make tough calls like that.

I know on bid day, some of my friends were not happy with the house they ended up in. Should you choose to rush, you need to be prepared for the fact that you may not end up with a bid from the house you really want. However, it almost always works out for the best, I promise! All of those friends are now incredibly happy in their respective sororities.

It is a hefty time commitment.
It is important to note that this varies from school to school. For example, I know that the University of Tennessee at Knoxville takes Greek life much more seriously than Rhodes does. That doesn't mean there is anything wrong with either Greek system by any means, but in general, the bigger the school, the more important Greek life can become. Personally, I think this is because at schools that big, Greek life helps make the school smaller, but hey, that's just me. Either way, no matter if you're at a teeny tiny school or a huge one, Greek life takes time. It's a balancing act, if you will. If you already know you'll be playing a sport and double majoring and working, you might not be able to pull it off, and that is completely and totally ok.

There are chapter meetings, philanthropy events, study halls, formals, swaps/socials, committee meetings, and lots of other functions to attend. You will work together with your sisters to achieve a common goal, whether that's raising money for an organization or dancing the night away.

The bottom line is that Greek life isn't right for everyone. It may not be right for you for a myriad of reasons, and just as it may not be right, it could be the best thing that's ever happened to you.

Ultimately, you have to ask if you can see yourself holding up letters and being proud of who you are when you do that. And hey, you can always rush and not pledge if things don't work out.

If you want to read more about my thoughts during recruitment, read here. If you want to read more about my recruitment and KD experience, read here. If you have any questions about Greek life, feel free to email me!

xx, Victoria