Friday Finds 2/2/2018

Long time, no blog post! 2018 has been off to a busy start with three weeks spent studying abroad and then sorority recruitment directly after. Both were amazing experiences that I will talk more about as I get back into the swing of things back on campus. Just as I got back into a schedule with classes starting this week, I am jetting off to yet another location, this time Nashville for AOII's Leadership Academy! I am so excited to learn more about AOII and dive into my position as VP Communications. I've also never been to Nashville and am excited to visit another new city! (There's also a Draper James store there which might be dangerous... I already couldn't resist this pair of Jack Rogers for Draper James sandals and have them waiting in my closet for when the weather warms up. )

I definitely haven't had much time to browse around online with traveling and now class, but I've linked some of my favorite items I brought with me to Europe (like this backpack and the warmest scarf) and some favorites from Tuckernuck and Draper James' new arrivals. I also picked up Emily Ley's new book and am pumped to read it!

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Recent Reads No. 3

With the busyness of school I haven't been able to get much reading done, but over Thanksgiving I picked up a few new books and got back into reading again. I sometimes think I have no time to read but just taking 20 minutes before bed is all you need. 
As you can tell from my Recent Reads No. 1 and Recent Reads No. 2, I've really been into nonfiction books lately. I used to think nonfiction was so boring and never understood why anyone read such a thing, but now I'm hooked! There is so much to learn about everything and now I feel like I don't have enough time to read all the books I want to read. 

She Means Business

  • This book is a step by step book that takes you through the process of brainstorming and bringing your ideas to life. 
  • Her tips can be applied to a business plan or to everyday life to increase productivity and purpose. 
  • One of the things I loved about this book was that Carrie included actual action items (and online resources) so you can take steps toward accomplishing your goals.

The Lean Startup

  • I saw someone rave about this book and I was intrigued to learn more because I knew I would be taking an entrepreneurship class in the upcoming semester.
  • It honestly took me so long to read this book because I couldn't get into it (it read more like a textbook to me), however I did get some valuable information from it about the lean startup method which has been increasing in popularity.

Invisible Influence

  • I stumbled across this book in Barnes & Noble in the business section and was interested because it seemed more like a psychology book.
  • I thought this was such an interesting read because it opened my eyes to how psychology affects everyday life and public relations (it's all about how your actions evoke specific reactions from your audience)
  • I had never taken a psychology course before so I knew nothing on the subject and found this to be such an interesting and fun read!

Grace, Not Perfection

  • This was my most recent read and I absolutely flew through it!
  • Emily had so many great words of wisdom to offer and has such an encouraging tone I feel like I can do anything!
  • One of the major points that resonated with me from her book is that even if you can do it all, nobody can do it all well. One of my weaknesses is wanting to do everything myself and not being able to say no, so this is definitely something I am going to work on and Emily's tips will definitely help me simplify my schedule.

Any new book recommendations?
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3 Days in Budapest

If you've been following along on my Instagram, you may have seen that I have not been in North Carolina lately! For the next few weeks I am studying abroad in Europe for Elon's winter term, which is a 3 week long semester. This is my first time traveling abroad and I have been blown away by the history and architecture throughout Europe so far. Our first stop on the trip was Budapest, Hungary.  

We first toured the Buda Castle and then took a look through the Hungarian National Gallery. Most of the castle had been destroyed during World War II and was rebuilt recently, so only part of the fortress is original. Atop the castle were the best views of Pest across the river. Inside the castle was the Hungarian National Gallery which was filled with all kinds of works of art dating back centuries.

After the castle, we took a walking tour around the city and then walked inside the Matthias Cathedral, pictured below. The inside was incredibly ornate and everything seemed to be on a grand scale or coated in gold. The roof on the church and the surrounding buildings were colorfully patterned, a touch of Hungarian architecture among traditional gothic styles. 
Just down the street we ate lunch at Pierrot's, a restaurant popular among visiting celebrities. 

Shoes on the Danube memorial.

Escaping the cold weather in the warm water at the Szechenyi Baths was definitely a fun experience! This was the place to do it because there were so many different baths and the ones outside were huge (and this was the only place in Europe I have been able to find Dr. Pepper so far).
We finished the evening with dinner at an amazing Italian restaurant, Pomo D'Oro. 

The view from the Liberty Statue. I think this spot had the best views in all of Budapest because you had a great view of both Buda and Pest on opposite sides of the Danube!

Similar to Matthias Church, St. Stephen's Basilica was extremely ornate with stenciled designs covering the walls and ceiling and high vaulted ceilings. 

Outside the Parliament building along the Danube. 

We ended our last night with a meal on a river boat on the Danube. It was the most picturesque scene to enjoy a meal and was the perfect way to end our visit in Budapest.

Apologies for the photo overload, I took so many photos and couldn't narrow them down!
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Comfy Travel Outfit

For me, 2018 is going to be filled with new places, which means lots of flights and travel time. As much as I like to wear a real outfit and look put together when traveling, nothing beats wearing leggings and a sweatshirt for a long flight. This sweater is the coziest thing and feels just like a sweatshirt but looks a little more put together. I'm such a sweatshirt gal so when I got this sweater I was wearing it all. the. time. My friends always call me out for wearing this sweater way too often, but it's just my go-to!
This Barrington Gifts tote is the perfect carry on bag fro me because I can fit my computer and camera and other necessities. I also just invested in a new rolling suitcase. My other suitcase is a duffle, so I was in need of something a little bigger and this one will be perfect for longer trips because I can seriously fit a lot in it. It also has a TSA-approved lock on it which makes me feel reassured that all of my belongings get to my destination safely with me!

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