Dorm Room Decorating Tips

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One of things I miss most about college is decorating a dorm room. While I absolutely love my house in Virginia and wouldn’t change how I decorated my room, I treated dorm rooms like blank slates. I loved that you could change a few simple details and feel like you had a whole new room. So, today I am here with my best advice for making a home in your dorm room! There are many things that can transform the often small space that is a dorm room into a cozy home that you will enjoy returning to at the end of a long study day.

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Photo by Priscilla du Preez via Unsplash 

One || Less is more. I think the only thing that didn’t work for me in a dorm room was the space…obviously. On-campus housing typically offers pretty tight quarters, unless you live in an apartment style room (and even still there are space issues). The best thing you can do to feel at home without feeling claustrophobic is maximizing space. How do you do this? Well, you pick what you are willing to sacrifice space for, and then save space everywhere else. Saving space means maximizing space. In order to maximize space, you should try to figure out ways to create dual-functionality. I used to have desk in my room that was a desk for most of the day, and a makeup /get ready table in the morning and evening. However, I fought clutter by storing my “get ready” materials (hair brushes, curling irons, blow dryer, makeup, etc.) under my bed or in my bottom desk drawer.

Two || Make it your own with the largest items. If you’re unsure how to bring your personality out or make yourself more comfortable, I advocate choosing pieces that speak to you and that will be clearly displayed. For example, spend a little extra time finding bedding that resembles your personality. If you are happy and cheerful, pick a vibrant duvet that you won’t get sick of in a few months. Or, if you are more simple and understated, a classic white eyelet may be a better choice. I think there a a few spaces you can bring your personality out: the bed and the desk. Let’s be honest, the bed and the desk are basically most of the dorm room. You may have other spaces, but the bed and the desk are the main areas. Create a collage or gallery wall above your bed (while conforming to all wall hanging rules). Add a vase of flowers to your bookshelf!

Three || Shop the sale. A lot of popular stores have back to school specials, and I definitely recommend taking advantage of the sales. PB Teen always has great bedding bundles. While the price may seem a little steep, they are built to last you four years, so it’s well worth it! Follow the stores you like who sell dorm furnishings or accessories, and try to track when they offer sales! Another pro tip: many places discount their items after peak move-in season, so if there is something you like, but don’t need immediately, wait and by the middle of September, it’ll probably be on sale.

Four || Consult your roommate. There may be decoration ideas that you think are brilliant, but your roommate may think are not brilliant. For example, I wanted to buy a rug for my dorm room my sophomore year. I thought it’d be a chic, grown-up addition to the room. I asked my roommate, however, before I made a purchase. I knew there was a possibility that my rug would go into her space, and I didn’t know if she’d be okay with a rug. She gave me the green light, so I ordered a rug. However, we quickly learned part of the reason it was so cheap is because it shed… everywhere. I ended up removing the rug at Christmas because we were both sick of our stuff being covered in tan colors shavings (it was one of those neutral  knot rugs). The point here is make sure your roommate is okay with your design choices, especially when they may affect her space!

I plan to do a “get dorm room ready with me” post soon where I will style a few dorm rooms. In the meantime, what are your favorite places to shop? If you’re beginning college, what kind of decorations are you hoping to do?

Truly,
Callie leigh

Choosing a College

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Even though we haven’t gotten to spring break yet, I wanted to share a post about picking a college! I know a lot of people are probably in the process of hearing back from schools, or anxiously awaiting the emails (or envelope) that roll in beginning around this time and continue through March.

I remember being SO incredibly anxious when I was applying to college (and again when law school application season came). I was young, and stubborn, and insisted on applying early to what I thought was my dream school (an Ivy League that was both out of my league and not a good fit for me). I got the rejection in December, and after a few pity parties, I reevaluated my options, and the VERY NEXT DAY after being rejected, my acceptance from Saint Mary’s came. It was almost like a sign, if you believe in signs. I waited to make my decision, though, until I heard from every college I applied to, which was kind of a lot.

Once I had all the offers in front of me, I decided to make pro con lists, and visit the schools I was accepted to, but hadn’t seen yet. So, today I’ll share what went into my decision-making process five (!!!) years ago! [Note: I feel SO old writing that. I cannot believe my senior year of high school was five years ago…]

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  1. Take a Tour | I personally feel that touring a college can make or break your opinion, and ultimately your decision, about a college. I toured various schools when I was applying to college, and each tour was very distinct. In fact, I could probably tell you which tours left the best and worst impressions. I did an extended post about college tours a few years back, and still stand by everything I said then!
  2. Chat with Current Students | When I was applying to law schools, I was blown away that numerous current students from William and Mary emailed me and answered all my questions SO thoroughly. I think if you can chat with current students, whether on campus, through email, or over the phone, you can figure out if you’d like to be friends with people who comprise the student body. If you don’t really feel like you could be friends with current students, that may be a bad sign about the fit of the college!
  3. Make a List of Must-Haves | If there are things you really really want out of your college experience, make sure the place you choose can deliver them. You want Greek like? Maybe don’t attend a school that doesn’t have Greek. Do you want to be walking distance from independent coffee houses? Check out Berkeley, or schools that are located near a unique town!
  4. Talk to Faculty | Are the faculty you talk with people you’d want to learn from? People you’d want to build relationships with? If you feel like the faculty aren’t invested in students, maybe look elsewhere. But at the same time, if you want to keep a low profile, maybe that’s a positive for you!
  5. Class Size | Do you want to be a name or a number? If you’re constantly taking classes with 250+ people, you probably won’t get the individualized education you could get at a college that’s average class has 25 students. Class size can affect A LOT about your education, so make sure you figure out what you want. A way to figure this out? Sit in on a class at a large university and at a small university, and compare!
  6. Financial Aid Package/Scholarship Opportunities | College is a very expensive endeavor, so you want to assess the financial aid you will receive from schools. Additionally, a lot of schools offer merit based scholarships, and if you get one, it can be a huge help to footing the educational bill.  So, look into those opportunities!
  7. Spend a day in the town you’ll be living in | I think sometimes when you visit campus, you get a bit swept up in the experience, and forget to really evaluate if the town around the college is somewhere you’d want to live. I toured Santa Clara University, and hated the surrounding area. When I visited Saint Mary’s, I liked that Moraga was quaint, and that I had really easy access to San Francisco, Berkeley, and Walnut Creek. All the city amenities were there if I wanted them, but I wasn’t in the middle of them, which made for a better academic environment! However, if you want to be in a hustle and bustle city, go check out the city, see what it’s like, and make sure it’s somewhere you want to spend ample time! Cities vary greatly, so make sure the city you’ll be living in is the kind of city you like.

So, I could share more tips, but I feel like the above seven are the biggest indicators that you’ll be happy somewhere… or not! If you have individual questions, feel free to email me! I love hearing from readers, and now that I have college admissions at arms length, I like helping people figuring out what’s best for them!

Truly,
Callie leigh

Being a Resident Advisor: Pros and Cons

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I’ve put off this post for a while. Full disclosure, I questioned whether I should even write it. I wanted to share about being a Resident Assistant, but I’ve actually gotten in trouble before from my former bosses for speaking about my experience in a slightly negative light. But then, I was thinking, and I realized I don’t work for them anymore, and my experience was real and my own, and therefore I have the agency to share it if I want to. Before I begin, I would like to say that my former boss, when reprimanding me for commenting on a bad work experience I had my first year as an RA, said “what if a future employer saw that? They’d be scared you would just post about any bad experience on your blog.” To that, after months of reflection, I say that had the office handled the problem appropriately and in a more validating way, I likely wouldn’t have felt compelled to speak out publicly. All I did was write a sentence about how I had a bad prior experience, and the feelings that someone made me feel, and that I had taken action to change my situation and was excited about it. I didn’t think it was wrong to say, and still do not. And in the future, I will not blog about drama at the work place. I try to be authentic and genuine when I blog, and so sharing something that hugely and negatively impacted a year of my college career felt like it deserved a sentence on this platform, but apparently I was wrong. Anyway, I’m not here to rant, but rather share the pros and cons of the RA experience that I had at during my undergraduate years.

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Before I jump right in, I should probably explain the unique RA position that SMC has. Everyone I know that goes to a state college or really large college says they hardly see their RA. At schools of that size the RA role is to be utilized if they are in desperate need of help, have a roommate issue, or are locked out, but otherwise RA/Resident interaction is limited. At SMC, the RA is expected to be in their room, door open from 8:30 pm to 11 pm during the week and 8:30 pm to 1 am on weekends. We have to have events (4 social, 4 education per semester), and interact a TON with residents. The job is 24-7. Once you become an RA, you never stop being an RA. Even know, days away from beginning law school, I reference my RA experience at least once a week, often more.

Okay, so think of this position as overwhelming, draining, and 24-7, but also rewarding, fun most of the time, and a way to meet a ton of awesome people you never would have met otherwise.

PRO: You will learn patience and leadership skills you wouldn’t otherwise be exposed to.

In the RA role, you have to deal with people’s problems. You have to be a great role model, and listener, and help people. You have to try to find solutions to their problems, and you have to be really proactive. You’re often on your own, handling situations that are sometimes extreme or scary (suicidal student, pregnancy scare, sexual assault), and you have to figure out the best way to handle it. Some situations can be very by the book, but sometimes in the moment you don’t know what to do. I once was almost physically assaulted by an intoxicated student. Scary stuff that you’re not exactly trained for. However, I feel like a grew a ton professionally and personally as a result of holding the position.

CON: You will be held to a higher standard than everyone else.

You may read that and wonder why I put it as a con. Well, when you’re held to a really high standard, you are basically under a microscope. This is okay for a while, or if you’re perfect and never want to live your life. When I was a sophomore applying for the position, I didn’t go out, I was overly studious, and I was a rule follower to no end. However, once I got the position, I quickly learned that people change, including myself. And honestly, I think being an RA changed me more than anything. I become tired of having to enforce rules everyday like an overbearing parent. I felt guilty telling people not to have fun and enjoy college. I started feeling self conscious as residents who hardly knew me decided they didn’t like me. But the moment I knew the position may not be the perfect fit for me like i had once thought, came within two months of the beginning of my senior year. I waited until I was 21 to drink, and I was 21 just in time for senior year. A year that should be filled with friends, memories, lasts, etc. But then, I went out with friends, we took a photo, and each of us posted it on a social media platform. However, I alone was called in because I have a blog, and the photo found it’s way onto my blog because I share my life and college experience. In the photo, everyone was 21, we were all coherent, and everyone in the photo agreed it was an okay photo to post. Honestly, the photo was less risque than 90% of ads for cheeseburgers. But we were reprimanded. Reprimanded for drinking of age, reprimanded for enjoying our last year of college, reprimanded because our residents might see it and think of us differently. If there’s one thing I can say, however, it’s that RAs who show themselves as humans with flaws or just human and understanding are far more successful and are better able to connect with residents than RAs who present themselves as error-free robots. What it really comes down to is respect, never lose the respect of your residents, but don’t treat them like horrible people for partaking in aspects of college.

PRO: Even though you are supposed to have an affect on your residents lives, they will positively affect yours as well!

The best feeling in the world is when a resident thanks you, and tells you that in some way you made a difference in their year. But the thing is,  I often want to tell my residents that they had an equally great impact on me. I loved getting to know them, I appreciated the nights of duty where they hung out with me, I loved when they showed up to events I planned, and I look forward to watching them grow even more in the rest of their college career. Residents can become your friends, and often many do, staying in touch with me even after I’m no longer their RA. Residents make this job enjoyable, even the difficult ones. No matter who you have on your floor, chances are they will have an impact on you.

CON: Some residents will hate you.

You know, in everyday life there are people who don’t like others. There are people who decide they dislike someone. When you have 40+ girls on a floor, chances are your personality won’t mesh perfectly with everyone, but as an RA it’s your responsibility to be kind and reach out to everyone. Typically, difficult residents were easy to deal with because I would, as Selena Gomez says, try to kill ’em with kindness. However, some residents will hate you for writing them up, for handling things according to protocol, or for handling things in a way counter to what they want (i.e., according to protocol but they don’t get their way). I know hate may seem like a strong word, but honestly, it’s not too strong. This is part of the job. You have to have a thick skin, and keep your head up. This isn’t always easy, seeing as some residents are more vicious than others.

PRO: Your fellow RAs are going to become your family. Not all of them, but some of them!

Through the RA role, I found some of my closest friends. The RA Role is strenuous and complicated, and only those who hold the position can really empathize with your frustrations, limited schedule, and crazy outbursts of “I need a drink!”

CON: You will likely lose friends.

When I became an RA, I didn’t realize how 24-7 the job would be. I thought I would throw events when I was on duty, be on duty a couple times a week, and then have the rest of time to continue my life as usual. I was wrong. I got really busy, and after about the fourth time of not being able to go out, people stop asking. Also, some people just get tired of having an RA as a friend, and stop trying to maintain the friendship. This is a con, because it’s never good to lose people, but its also kind of like cutting the fat. The people by your side at the end of the RA role are the real MVPs in your life for the long haul.

PRO: You will learn time management like never before.

Being an RA, you will have so many things going on at once, so you become an expert of keeping track of every hour. You will likely become more aware of your time, and how precious it is. You will likely begin scheduling free time and friend time. It can be difficult, but being able to handle a crazy schedule will likely be useful in the future.

CON: It may affect your ability to be a great student.

Some of my worst semesters in college occurred when I was a RA. I was always a student, and I took my studies very seriously. Being an RA, though, I became drained, had less time to do homework.I never felt ahead on schoolwork. I would tell people if I was ahead on my classes, I was behind as an RA, and if I was ahead on being an RA, I was behind on being a good student. I could never find the balance to continue being a straight-A student and a great RA. Maybe it’s because my heart wasn’t fully in both, but it was a struggle, and I missed being able to focus seriously on my studies. My burn out came early spring semester of senior year, and I could hardly care about anything but trying to enjoy the end of college.

Some finals thoughts about the role:

I am thankful for my time as a RA. I wouldn’t change my path if I could. I am thankful for the people who made the position all the great things it was, and I have forgotten the things that made me question why I even became a RA. However, you will realize that not everyone does the job for the right reasons, some people do the bare minimum or less and some people go above and beyond. Figure out the RA you want to be, and go for it. Do not let people’s expectations or demands defeat you. Realize that if your residents like you, and you’re doing what’s required, you’re doing okay. Remember that a positive experience is what you want to give residents, but you don’t need to give them the whole world. Never let the position make you less of a student or less dedicated to your other passions. Do not let the position ruin your experience. You’re going to spend SO much time making a great experience for the residents, but don’t let that detract and minimize the fun and experience you get to have. If you know your bosses play favorites, just be un-apologetically yourself and do your best. You got the job for a reason, so focus on your residents and forget the bullsh*t. So, there you have a good percentage of my thoughts about the RA role. Sure, I have other thoughts, but none I’m willing to share right now. If you have questions about anything in the post, please comment and I will answer them as best I can!

Truly,
Callie leigh

Dorm Inspiration: Cleaning & Shower Supplies

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The next installment of my dorm essentials is here, and this time I’m talking a few moments to talk about something that most people don’t really think about when heading off to college. This section is probably a little forgot about because it’s not nearly as glamorous as bedding, beauty products, or school supplies. However, cleaning supplies are super important! If you’re living in a dorm, there are going to be germs everywhere, and when flu season hits, you want to make sure you’re keeping your room as sanitary as possible. So, here are my cleaning supply must haves as well as some shower essentials for dorm life:
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bounce dryer sheets | keep your clothes fresh!

Tide Pods | these are seriously great for dorm life! You don’t have to lug a huge thing of detergent down to your laundry room, but instead you can just grab a pod, throw it in your laundry bin, and then place the whole contents of the bin in the washing machine.

Laundry Bin | Get a laundry bin that can fit either in your closet or under your bed so that you can save room elsewhere in your room. I usually get canvas laundry bags because I like them better. They’re also more flexible than a plastic bin, which is great for shoving them under your bed or fitting them in your closet.

Dish Soap | If you have mugs, bowls, or containers to store food in your mini-fridge, you’ll want to keep dish soap and a sponge on hand to make sure you can clean the dishes. No need for dirty dishes to pile up in an already cramped dorm room. Also, your roommate will appreciate you clearing your dishes from the surfaces of the room. I had a friend who would get SO annoyed because her roommate never did dishes. Avoid a roommate argument while you can.

Lysol Disinfectant Wipes | Keep all surfaces dust-less, clean, and bacteria free! This will make a healthier and just all around better environment.

Windex Wipes | If you have a mirror in your room, you’ll want to keep it clean. Windex wipes are a quick and easy way to keep your room clean!

Tide to Go | So, I bought this last year, and didn’t really use it so I figured I would leave it home junior year. Then one night, while sleep deprived and studying for finals, I dropped my yellow highlighter on my favorite white t-shirt, and left a HUGE line down the front. I immediately freaked out, and ran to my Tide to Go stick, ripped off the t-shirt, and applied the Tide to Go, waiting for a minute to see if it was working. Needless to say, the highlighter came out, and I finished studying after throwing my t-shirt in the wash.

Hand Soap | This is something that is always good to have in your room. I had a sink in my dorm my first year in college, so this was always resting on the sink. If you don’t have a sink, I’d suggest either using the school’s soap, or buying the one you like and putting it in your shower caddy.

Towels | Must have, obviously, but I would suggest getting three to four towels, one hand towel, and one washcloth. Having 3-4 towels means you can put laundry off a little, a hand towel is good for going to your hall bathroom at night to get ready for bed or to hang in your room if you have a sink. A washcloth is for when you’re done showering to dry off your shampoo bottles and shaving cream and whatnot before placing them back in your shower caddy.

A Soft Robe | This is great to have to wear between your room and the shower. I’d add a monogram, but that’s just me!

A Turbie Twist | These are the best invention! They are basically a towel built specifically for your head. They’re great because you don’t have to waste a towel on your head every shower!

Plain Flip Flops | SHOWER SHOES. Do NOT be that girl that goes barefoot in the showers. You do not know what’s gone on in them…honestly, just buy flip flops and basically never take them off when it comes to dorm bathrooms!

Truly,
Callie leigh

Tea Talk: The Grand Scheme of Things

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As my twentieth birthday approaches, I can’t help but think about the fact that I am leaving my “teen” years behind. For years, I wanted to be a grown up, I wanted to make a life for myself, and I wanted to have great success. Now, I’m just about to turn twenty, and it seems the grown up phase of my life is setting in. Twenty seems like a bigger stepping stone than when I turned eighteen, and was legally an adult. I realize eighteen was a special birthday in that I was able to vote, I graduated high school, I started college, and I moved away from home. So, in a nutshell, eighteen was great, but now twenty is here, and I feel like my twenties will be the GREAT years. This decade seems like a big transition period for most people, and I imagine my twenties will be similar. Why? Well, I plan to graduate college, move on to law school, get a job, maybe get married, etc. Right now, regardless of what I envision, I feel like anything is possible.

grand schemeAs I get nearer to this decade of my life, I can’t help but think about what I’ve accomplished this far, what I’ve failed at, and what I’ve experienced. It feels like SO much has happened in my nineteen years. There are some memories that stick out because they were simply amazing (like starting college), and there are others that stick out because they caused heartache, but also taught me so much about who I was, who I am, and where I’m going. There were moments that made me question the road I was on, and there were moments that changed my direction without me even realizing it until I ended up exactly where I needed to be. I had a conversation with someone back in November, and I said something to the effect of “in the grand scheme of this life, will any of this really matter someday?” I didn’t realize how much I meant those words until I spoke them.

I’m someone who tries to conceal my emotions most of the time, as I don’t particularly enjoy being hurt (although, who really does?). But when I invest my time and energy in something, I take it pretty hard when it doesn’t work out. This goes for work, school, relationships, friendships, etc. There are moments that define us, and there are moments that we think will define our future, but end up being such a minute detail. Sometimes the biggest moments are the smallest, and sometimes the smallest moments are the biggest. In the past nineteen years, I’ve planned and I’ve been disappointed, I’ve left it up to fate and I’ve been surprised. In life, we talk a lot about the grand scheme of things, but I don’t think I really understood what it meant until this year.

The Grand Scheme of Things isn’t about planning your life so completely that you end up planning every detail of every year to make sure you make no mistakes. The Grand Scheme of Things isn’t about pinpointing the moments when you grew into yourself or when you realized you changed. The Grand Scheme, at least as I’ve come to know it, is figuring out what’s important to you. The Grand Scheme is evaluating an event, and weighing all sides, and deciding if you’re going to be defeated or if you’re going to get up, fight back, and overcome every obstacle that’s been in your way thus far. There are moments that as they are happening, you think, “this is it. It’s all downhill from here. I’ve done my best, and I was just massacred.” Well, if you’re like me, then you’ve probably realized at some point that you’re only nineteen, and that if your thought process is “I cannot do better,” then you’re setting yourself up for failure time and time again. We have to continue to set the bar a little higher so that even when we reach our goals, we can continue reaching for something greater. I’m not saying to never be satisfied with what you have. I’m saying love what you have, appreciate what you have, but treat it like it’s fleeting, cherish it every day, and aspire to make it greater.

Is there such a thing as setting the bar too high? Only if you are disappointed with what you DO achieve. Be content, but not complacent. Be driven, but grateful. Remember, we all have the power to be happy, and we all have the power to make ourselves and our goals better and stronger. I’m so excited to begin the next phase of my life, and as I get there, I think I need to remind myself that although much of my teen years won’t affect The Grand Scheme, they’re still important years in my life.

How do you feel about The Grand Scheme? What’s it mean to you?

Truly,
Callie leigh

100 Happy Days Challenge

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Hello, World.

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I am currently partaking in the 100 Happy Days Challenge. It’s a super fun challenge where you post a single photo a day to either Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. You can also email your photos to the 100 Happy Days people if you prefer to not share publicly. This challenge stood out to me because it challenges you to consider what makes you happy each day. A few days into the challenge, I realized coffee made me happy, almost too much. I realized I needed to take one or two moments a day to figure out what made me happy, which was both rewarding and odd at times. I started this challenge with my friend, Kate, and it’s more fun doing the challenge with a friend because I get to see her photos, and it helps keep me accountable to continue the challenge because I have someone to do it with! Since we go to school together, we joked when we first started the challenge about how we basically had similar photos everyday because we were always doing fun things together! Summer vacation is great because we get to see what each other is up to on the days we don’t talk, and see what is making us happy in the summer months.

Maybe you’re thinking:
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The little book you get if you complete the challenge sounds like such a keepsake! I feel like it’s going to be a great book to put on my coffee table one day so I can remember the end of my sophomore year of college and summer 2014, as well as what was making me happy at the moment. In light of the fact that I’m a little more than halfway through the challenge, I thought I would share some of my favorite photos from the challenge so far!
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cupcakes (gluten free) with two of the girls from Academic Honor Council | coffee coffee coffee | my dorm room when I first moved in versus on move out day. sophomore year flew by | shoots for fashion posts on this blog | coffee and homework the week before finals with my lovely friend, Erica | and, you know, more coffee while shooting photos on a different day
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working on an adorable, summery puzzle with my mom at the cabin | I completed the Blog Life e-course by the Elsie and Emma from A Beautiful Mess, it was so great and taught me so much. Currently working on implementing the things I learned | reading by the pool on a night that wasn’t horribly hot | exploring the area surrounding my family cabin | my mom and I getting excited to leave for said cabin, and happy to be getting away from the heat | I went to see The Fault in our Stars. While I cried through the whole movie, it was still a happy day because the movie was beautifully done, and so true to the amazing novel.

Join me on this challenge, won’t you? What makes you happy?

Truly,
Callie leigh

Bows and Plaid

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Hello, World.

I think we should talk guilty pleasures. This weekend was really relaxing because I slept in late, got a late lunch and coffee with friends, then watched the One Direction documentary This Is Us. So, yes, I like One Direction. While most people criticize their “boy band” standing, and the fact that most of their fan base is a ton of younger girls, I still like them. There is something about them that is so refreshing. It sounds weird, but its true. They seem like genuinely nice guys, and I like their music because it makes me happy. It may seem weird, but you know, I think they’re pretty awesome.
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I feel like everyone has a guilty pleasure, and I think its funny that we call them guilty pleasures. Guilty pleasures are usually things you like, but don’t want people to know you like in fear that someone will make fun of you, right? Well, I think its time people start embracing everything they love, and ignore the fact that people might not like the same things as you. Also, One Direction is super popular, and its usually because of good press, so I don’t see why people hate on them so much. If you’ve heard that they’re stupid or untalented or whatever, but haven’t actually listened to them, you should, because then you can form your own opinion.
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One of the reasons I decided to watch the documentary this weekend is because it was raining. I’ve wanted to watch it for some time because I watched the Katy Perry documentary, and really enjoyed it, so I felt like a film about a musical group would be interesting. I also really started liking One Direction when I heard “Little Things,” written by Ed Sheeran. I guess I have a soft spot for people who write or sing songs about love the imperfections in people. We’re all flawed, it should be more readily accepted.

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wearing top: J Crew // skirt: LC Lauren Conrad // tights: Target // boots: Frye // socks: Free People // watch: Michael Kors // bracelet: Juicy Couture 
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outtakes:
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This weekend was so much fun, and I really loved this outfit. I miss boots in spring and summer, so I was happy to get a pair back out, but I would still appreciate if the weather stayed consistent.

Truly,
Callie Leigh