Friday Finds 9/22/2017

I didn't have much time to do any shopping this week, so I've compiled some interesting finds in the form of links rather than clothes. Enjoy!

There was something I knew I wanted to talk about but kept forgetting every time I sat down to write my Friday Finds post, but I remembered this time! Thomas Rhett's new album is so so good. It's pretty much all my friends and I have listened to since the day it came out. We all think Life Changes is the cutest song on the album because it's pretty much his life story in a song. Have you listened to it? Comment your favorite song right now (I'm always looking for suggestions)!

Evelyn Henson just released a ton of new prints! I've followed her on Instagram but never really checked out her site until now and she offers so many cute and funny mugs!

I'm always one to download a software update as soon as it is available and I was so excited for the new iOS11 system. My favorite features are that you can now make a live photo into a video or boomerang and that you can follow friends and listen to their playlists on Apple Music! Read about other new updates here.

The time has come: Pinterest sub-boards! I love this idea because fashion can be pretty broad so now you can break it down into fall fashion, shoes, accessories, or a food board into desserts, healthy recipes, and so on. This will make pins easier to find and will be more pleasing for people like me who like to have folders within folders within folders in their documents. 

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Making the Most of Your College Bathroom

College bathrooms are probably the farthest thing from cute.
Horrible lighting, plain walls, and a shower curtain that makes you feel like you're in a hospital.
I wasn't planning on doing much to the bathroom when I moved into my apartment, but adding some cute and functional storage and personal touches of decoration has made getting ready in the morning much more enjoyable. 
I loved adding my personal touch with these monogrammed towels from Marley Lilly. Monogrammed towels were on my list of things to get last year when I was moving in for freshman year but I never got around to it, so I'm so glad I'm able to incorporate these ones into my decor this year!


My parents laughed at me for hanging this sign in the bathroom and I'm completely aware that it has nothing to do with a bathroom but I had no place for this and it happened to match the grey shower curtain!


My roommate and I added this three tier cart from Target to store other beauty products we might need to keep in reach like hair products and styling tools.


Using this basket from the dollar section at Target makes my side of the counter seem cleaner than it really is. I can throw all of my daily essentials in there and they all stay together and somewhat organized rather than sprawled out across the counter!


Thank you to Marley Lilly for the towels!

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My Favorite Gingham Dress


Dress (similar here and here) | Denim Jacket | Purse | Sunglasses | Sandals | Monogram Ring

This is hands down my favorite dress of the summer. It's kind of a romper because it has shorts underneath, but I love that it just looks like a baby-doll dress with the cutest belle sleeves! It's so easy to wear because of the shorts, and I have it in two colors so my friends are probably tired of seeing me wear it. But as the weather cools down, I don't plan to put it away until next summer because it looks just as cute with a denim jacket over it for fall! I wore this for my first day of class because the weather was surprisingly cool for August and know I will be wearing variations of this look throughout the season. Bring on the fall weather!

Thank you to my friend Chrissy for taking these photos!
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Friday Finds 9/15/2017

Hi y'all! I'm so relieved it's finally Friday, this week has felt so long and I am so ready for the weekend. I found a few cute new finds for the upcoming fall season. (That little cool spell we had is over now, and I'm already so over the warm weather again)! One of my favorite finds was this pair of scalloped flats from Sam Edelman! They look identical to the ChloĆ© ones and are a fraction of the price- and the suede is so cute for fall.

Since I'm staring at either my phone or computer pretty much the whole day, I decided to test out some digital screen protection glasses. I've been having ocular migraines and my eyes get so tired working on the computer, so I hope this will help! If not, they will at least look cute :) 

I'm not the biggest Harry Potter fan, but I saw this video release for PBTeen's Harry Potter collection and I think it looks so cool and well-done! Before I clicked on the video I thought it would look kind of tacky but I love how classy and tasteful it turned out!

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Bundling Up For Fall


Thank you to my friend, Chrissy, for taking these photos!


Since the start of September I have been so ready for Fall. With the cooler weather in the mornings it's definitely felt like October already (and the Fall candles and apple cider I've been drinking have definitely helped a little). It's that weird time of year for weather where you walk to class shivering and are dripping in sweat on the way back in the afternoon. This plaid monogrammed scarf is perfect to bundle up in on the way to class (or while studying in the library) and then throw in your bag when it gets warmer later in the day! I have a similar cashmere scarf that I love since it's basically a blanket you can wear in public, so I know I'm going to get tons of use out of this one! I love the plaid for fall and how neutral this black and white print is, and it pairs so well with white jeans if you're into breaking fashion rules and wearing white post-Labor Day. Marley Lilly has a bunch of different patterns and styles to bundle up in this Fall (and of course, everything comes monogrammed)! 

Who else is ready for fall?
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The Value of a Summer Internship


Classes have just started up again, which means summer jobs and internships have ended for the year. I've had time to reflect on how I spent my summer and am so glad I chose to spend my summer as an intern.
Because I didn't have much experience and had only taken two classes in my major, there weren't too many paid internship options for me, so I ended up taking a position as an unpaid intern. I spent a lot of time debating whether I should do an unpaid internship or work at a local retail store. It can definitely seem like a waste of time to spend time working an unpaid position when you could be working at a local restaurant or boutique for a good income, and while it may seem that way in the short term, the skills you acquire through an internship don't compare to those at a typical summer job. I'm so grateful for the opportunity to have worked with a local chapter of the nonprofit, The First Tee, this summer to promote teaching golf and life skills to young kids in Charlotte and gaining real life experience in the communications field.

Here are my top four reasons for pursuing an internship:

See What Working in Your Prospective Industry is Like
This is a big one. Testing out that particular niche and seeing if it's something you could see yourself doing after you graduate college is something you should do early on. There are so many different routes I could go with in the communications field (and every single one sounds interesting to me!) so it was important to experience working in one of those areas to see if it's something I want to continue to pursue, or if I should shift my focus elsewhere.

Make Connections With Professionals in Your Industry
An internship is a great place to get your foot in the door in your respective industry. Grab lunch or coffee with someone in your office or a professional in your industry that is from your city and learn more about them and their story. Having a conversation with someone is not only more meaningful and interesting, but you will develop a much better relationship and connection with that person than if you had just connected with them on LinkedIn!

Experience Working in an Office Environment 
This was a actually my first job ever! I never had a job during high school because I was always traveling to play in golf tournaments during the summer and playing golf after school the rest of the year, so this was my first experience working in an office. Working in a real office is not only good for your resume, but you will also develop skills for your future job that you might not have gained otherwise. Learning to collaborate with others, meet deadlines, and learn from mistakes in a professional environment can be intimidating, but as an intern I didn't feel that there was as much pressure on me. Additionally, when it comes time for an interview elsewhere you will have specific examples of how you solved a problem or implemented a new strategy in a real business!

Spend Time Doing What You Love
I felt that I had a much more fulfilling summer devoting my time to an organization I was passionate about than if I had spent my summer folding clothes at a local boutique (not to say that can't be fulfilling as well). Each day was different and exciting and I felt productive learning more about communications and using what I learned in class in the real world to help a real business.

You don't have to intern with the biggest, most well-known company to have a good internship experience. As a rising sophomore in college I wasn't worried about landing a job after graduation yet, so getting experience and learning more about my prospective industry were the most important reasons I decided to pursue an internship.

What did you spend your summer doing?
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