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I Still Dress Like A Southern Sorority Girl On Her Way to Brunch

White Hollister shift dressVery old Hollister dress | Very new Charlotte Russe wedges

I’m not in Greek Life and I have never been to brunch with a group of girls, ever.

But I was going through the box of dresses that I’d left at my mom’s house when I went to college, and this (very brunch-worthy) dress is gorgeous, from the shift cut to the lace detailing to its unabashedly preppy vibe. Let’s take a moment to appreciate Hollister’s aesthetic before it tried to be Forever 21: Beach Edition. Take a good look at that structure and quality because damn, does that even exist anymore? (more…)

Gingham Dress and A Golden Retriever Puppy

H&M Blue Dorothy Gingham Print Skater Dress

H&M dress | Jennifer Lopez heels

I took this photo set with Finley, a friend’s golden retriever puppy, out by the campus waterfront a few days before school let out.

The look is reminiscent of another girl with a gingham dress and a cute dog — I love how this dress has both the classic print and trendy skater cut. It’s going to be my go-to for outdoor summer events such as barbeques and picnics … as long as I don’t blend in with the tablecloths, that is.

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Farewell to Third Year

Blue Floral Ditsy Print Bow Dress Beach

Unknown dress (found at a thrift shop!)

I still have a bunch of finals left (I’m literally writing this while taking a break from the two projects, two essays, and one exam I still have to finish/write/study for), but I’m pretty much packed up to go otherwise.

Looking around my empty room makes me excited and melancholy at the same time — on one hand, I’m so ready to get out of here and wolf down my mom’s delicious food again and get a taste of life as a professional software engineer. On the other hand, some of my closest friends are graduating this year, and it just won’t be the same when I return in the fall. Life happens, though, and I’ve found that the best way to deal with change is to accept it, move on, and make the best of your circumstances.

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Gatsby? What Gatsby?

Express dress | A’Gaci pumps

I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy.

– Jordan Baker, The Great Gatsby

Much like Nick Carraway in Gatsby, us college students are also entranced by the glamour of the Roaring Twenties, and get a taste of it every year at our annual Gatsby-themed party by the water. ‘20s bayside mansions are literally part of my school’s campus, which makes it a lot of fun to dress up and dance the night away with friends and classmates. This year it rained throughout the event, causing our venue to change, but I enjoyed dressing up regardless.

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Say Hello to URBN’s First iOS Engineer Intern

La La Land Yellow Dress Forever 21

Forever 21 dress | Old Navy flip flops

It’s official — this summer, I’ll be working as an Associate iOS Engineer at URBN, the parent company that Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Free People, Terrain, and BHLDN, in their Home Office in Philly!

“I’m really bad at showing my excitement, but I’m really, really excited,” I told my future manager after I found out I’d gotten the position. This still doesn’t feel real (and trust me, I’ve been pinching myself since I received the offer letter). I’ll be writing, testing, and maintaining code with the rest of the iOS dev team and actually getting to see what “doing Agile” means in a business setting. I’m also the first intern the iOS team has ever had, which is really cool to think about.

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The Well-Dressed Tomboy

Trixie Tang Purple Hi-Low Charlotte Russe Dress

Charlotte Russe dress | Jennifer Lopez heels

I recently re-watched my favorite Fairly OddParents episode, “The Boy Who Would be Queen”, where Timmy Turner gets magically turned into a girl in order to better understand what his crush Trixie wants for her birthday.

In a surprising turn of events, he finds out that she’s actually into comic books, which are traditionally marketed to boys, not girls. She begs him to stay quiet: “If word gets out I like boy stuff, all my friends will think I’m weird. Please, please keep it our secret, girl-to-girl?”

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Under the Palm Fronds

Everly Spring Stripes Dress Southern Prep

Everly dress | Qupid shoes

Aesthetic: The social butterfly you see at all the events on campus. Effervescent and aggressively friendly. Is impossible to have an awkward interaction with.

Good with names and faces. Knows absolutely everybody and has no qualms about initiating conversations with strangers. Somehow remembers everything you say. Does not care about social status and will blatantly be friends with everyone.

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I Just Wanna Live, Man

Sarasota Florida Burns Court Forever 21 Black Eyelet Dress

Forever 21 dress | Franco Sarto shoes

Someone recently asked me what I wanted to do with my life.

Answers immediately popped into my head, all of which sounded vaguely spiel-y. There was I want to build something great, of course, or I want to leave a legacy, or I want to get ahead in my career, or I want to live in a big, bright house by the water where the weather is always warm while working a job that is intellectually challenging, well-paying, and culturally fitting. But my voice seemed to have a mind of its own.

“I just wanna live, man,” I blurted out instead before I could stop myself.

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