Friday Finds 1/6/2017

I didn't do much online shopping this week since I've been at school, but I did end up ordering quite a few things the week after Christmas because there were so many great sales. I love stationary and writing thank you notes, and finally ordered some cards from The Grove Street Press. I've followed them on Instagram for a while but have never purchased anything from their site, so I am excited for when my order arrives!
Rush is also coming up at the end of the month for me, so I've been thinking about what to wear for each of the days. I ordered this dress on major sale from Nordstrom and think it would be good for pref round, but I'm not sure if it's too formal. What do y'all think? I like the detailing on the bottom because it sets it apart from the other black cocktail dresses most girls will likely be wearing.

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Popbar Charlotte

(images 1 & 3 via Popbar)

My parents and I are self proclaimed ice cream connoisseurs, so we were so excited to see that a Popbar opened in the NoDa neighborhood of Charlotte after visiting the location in NYC a few years ago. Popbar offers a wide variety of gelato, sorbet and yogurt bars that can be covered with toppings and dipped in chocolate. I tried one of the seasonal pops, Nut Brittle, a hazelnut gelato pop covered in chopped hazelnuts and dipped in chocolate! So good. 
The Charlotte Popbar location will be hosting a Grand Opening Celebration next Saturday, January 14. Pops will be free from 12-3pm and 50% off for the rest of the day!

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Chicago Trip

Last week, my parents and I flew up to Chicago to visit my Grandparents and celebrate Christmas. I love going there to visit my family, eat some of my favorite food and go to all the great shopping spots! I also love when it snows when I visit because we don't get too much snow down in North Carolina, so it makes it a fun treat :)

My parents and I headed downtown to do some shopping one day. We usually go to Water Tower Place and Michigan Avenue but we went over to see the window displays at Macy's and do some shopping there. While we didn't end up buying anything it was a fun way to get in the holiday spirit.

We braved the cold and rain and walked over to Millennium Park to see the ice rink and take a typical tourist photo in front of the bean. After that we warmed up with some hot chocolate at Le Pain Quotidien.

See the outfit I wore downtown in this post.

A trip to Chicago is not complete without a visit to Portillo's. I got my usual Italian beef sandwich and tried the chocolate cake shake (highly recommend)!

After mass on Christmas morning, my Grandma made her famous apple pancakes. They're my favorite and I always look forward to having them during the holidays! 
(Also how cute is my Grandma's navy and white striped backsplash)

Hope you all had a great Christmas!
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Recent Reads No. 1

I feel like every new year, one thing I tell myself I'm going to do is read more. While I didn't get off to a strong start, I really picked up the pace as the end of the year drew closer. In high school I would come home from school every day and watch a few hours of Netflix each day after finishing my homework but I knew this could become problematic and cause some unwanted procrastination as I start to budget my time more in college. I started reading more books for fun in replacement of an episode of television before bed because it feels more productive and helps me get to sleep better. Nonfiction was never my favorite, but I found some great nonfiction books I really enjoyed this year.

Some of my favorite books I read the past few months:

Let me know if y'all have any book recommendations. I am in need of a new book to read!
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Happy New Year + 3 Years of Blogging

Happy New Year!
This past year flew by and I enjoyed every second of it, but I know 2017 is going to be even better! I haven't given much thought to resolutions for the year, so I think I'm just going to skip out on that whole thing because I would be lying to myself if I said I was going to go to the gym every day. I'm looking forward to this next semester, making plans for the summer, and making more memories with my friends at Elon!

In addition to the start of the new year, today marks three years since my first blog post! I remember wanting to have a blog of my own for so long and I am so glad I bit the bullet and just wrote a blog post (as horrible as it was). I've grown and evolved my site so much since then and am so proud of what this blog has become. I've had so many wonderful opportunities and made more friends than I thought possible through blogging and I couldn't be happier!

Thanks so much to all of y'all who read this blog and leave such sweet comments!
Wishing all of you a wonderful new year,
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