The Best Decade of Your Life

Hello, World.

Next Friday is my birthday. My 20th birthday. This means I’m leaving those pesky teen years behind, and moving in to what I imagine will be the best decade of my life. It’s a weird transition really, because every young woman entering her twenties says something similar to what I just wrote: “the best decade of my life.” It seems like a lot of pressure to put on a few unpredictable years. If you know me at all, you know I absolutely hate being disappointed or disappointing those I care about. So, instead of demanding my twenties to be the best, I’m going to hope they are, and enjoy whatever comes my way: the good and the bad. It should be an interesting experiment (trying to enjoy all aspects of the decade) since I usually plan and plan and plan. I guess I can still have a plan, but if life throws me a few challenges, I want to make the best of the situation.

So, you know what typically happens on peoples birthday? They receive gifts. Not to sound like some spoiled girl, but I love gifts. I like giving gifts way more than receiving gifts, but alas, I also make a little wish list for my birthday because I can. Note: this wish list took me forever. I’m what I would typically call an investment shopper, and a bit of an investment gift receiver. I really only ask for one or two big items that I can cherish for years. Here’s what I’m asking for this year:

Kate Spade bow earrings | SO cute. I have the bow ring, and I wear it everyday. I love bows, and I adore the bow earrings. So dainty, and so gold!

Jack Rogers sandals | I recently discovered Jack Rogers. Four months ago, I had no idea what they were. But, after following The College Prepster, The Blonde Prep, and BelloftheBall45, I started noticing their popularity. They are so classic, and I like how they seem to go with everything. They’re also the perfect blend of dressy and casual.

Kate Spade Cross Body Bag | With fall coming up, I’m loving anything this beautiful color. Honestly, the Nordstrom Anniversary sale has me so pumped for fall. I adore the rich colors of fall, and I love the bundled looks that accompany the chilly season!

L.L. Bean Boots | So, I feel like these boots get a lot of mixed reviews. Some people think they’re awesome, others think they are completely hideous duck-like things. I’m on team “love it.” I think they’re so cute, especially with a pair of skinny jeans tucked in and a J.Crew camp sock. Perfection.

Burberry Classic Scarf | My friend recently gifted me the black version of this scarf, and it is literally one of the softest things I’ve ever owned. I love the classic color palette of this scarf, and I hope to add it to my wardrobe one day. When I was a freshman in high school my family went to New York, and in lieu of presents, my parents gave us a sum of money to buy gifts for ourselves in NYC. I planned to buy this scarf, but once I got to the city and saw the price tag, I just giggled and moved on. Needless to say, I’d accept this as a gift, but don’t really see myself heading to the next Burberry store I see and purchasing it for myself.

Barnes and Noble & Starbucks Giftcard | Always.

Kate Spade Phone Cover | Kate Spade phone cases are my favorite. They are light weight, always bright, and just all around cheerful!

Lilly Pulitzer Agenda | I love organization, and I love the cute little doodles that fill this agenda. Lilly makes an amazing agenda that’s a great size, has plenty of room, and has a great layout.

Anchor rope bracelet | The KJP line of anchor bracelets is basically perfection as far as preppy, classic jewelry goes. I absolutely love his work! He even made a Blair Waldorf bow bracelet that I’m coveting. This rope bracelet, however, is such a staple!

A 50mm lens for my Canon | I’m really trying to work on my photography skills. I learned during the A Beautiful Mess e-course I took that the trick to great photography isn’t necessarily the camera, it’s more about the lens. Sarah Rhodes, the photographer for ABM recommended this lens for the type of photography I typically do.

Vineyard Vines long sleeved tee | Vineyard Vines is another company I recently discovered, and I’ve loved this tee ever since. It’s absolutely adorable. I need more simple tees in my wardrobe. I don’t have many tees that are not just random t-shirts I’ve acquired over the years. 

These are just items I’d like to obtain one day, but also items I probably wouldn’t just go buy for myself. When’s your birthday?

Callie leigh

This is Me.


Hello, World.

I live in the Bay Area of California, and am a sophomore at Saint Mary’s College where I am an English major with a Creative Writing emphasis and history minor (a mouthful, I know). I would describe myself as an avid reader, aspiring writer, fashion guru, slight introvert, tea drinker, music enthusiast, photography lover, and deep thinker.  I surround myself with laughter and friendly faces, and I could eat Chinese food for every meal of my life.

I’ve always considered blogging, but wasn’t sure I should blog until my creative writing professor recommended I start a blog. In this space, I plan to express all my “bottled creativity,” all the thoughts, fashion ideas, beauty tips, recipes, literature, etc, that are part of my everyday life. I hope you enjoy reading, and I hope we can become great friends.


Callie Leigh