My First Snow Storm

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When I returned to Williamsburg for second semester, I had a bit of a weather issue. I was flying in on January 6, which was the night a huge snow storm was supposed to come in. I had a layover in Atlanta, and was delayed for nearly 3 hours. I then landed to find a few inches of snow already fallen. The next morning, I woke up to a winter wonderland! The first two days of the semester got cancelled because of the weather (this town sort of shuts down when there’s a lot of snow). The amount of snow that fell over two days was double the annual snowfall for the area. While it was inconvenient, it was absolutely beautiful when I woke up Saturday morning!

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William and Mary is seriously breathtaking in the snow. I tried to capture as many photos as possible while the snow lasted!

Callie leigh

Fall Break ’16

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Today was my first day of classes after the fall break, which was a lovely four day weekend. I was especially excited for this break because my aunt and uncle we’re visiting from California. I’ve been a bit homesick, so having familiar people and family around is so nice. I took full advantage of the break, and tried to refrain from overworking. I was so thrilled to have the opportunity to show my aunt and uncle around Williamsburg. They actually visited years ago, and when they found out there was a college here they told me about it because they thought I’d love it here. Little did we know I’d end up here for law school! Anyway, I wanted to share glimpses of my break!

On the William and Mary campus, there is this beautiful bridge, Crim Dell, that looks straight out of a fairytale book. Even better, legend has it that if you walk across the bridge with a significant other you’ll marry them, or just end up with them forever. The bridge is gorgeous, though, and I’m so excited for the surrounding trees to change color. vsco-photo-3.jpg

We went to Jamestown, VA! It was awesome. I love living history sites, and this one represents the beginning of America, which is eerie. Also, 141 people came in ships that were SO small. Its hard to believe that people struggled so much to come to the “New World.” vsco-photo-2.jpg

We also tried to go to Yorktown, but because of Hurricane Matthew, there was a power outage and the town was closed. Hopefully I can go in the future and actually see more of the town, but the waterfront was beautiful. vsco-photo-1.jpg

We also toured the Governor’s Mansion, which was awesome. I’ve been DYING to go! It’s SO pretty from the front and outside, but the gardens are amazing. They feel like you’re in France or somewhere where the monarchs ruled for centuries. It’s funny to think, also, about the fact that the people living in this mansion didn’t have technology, so liked to go around gardens, read near the canal, and just enjoy your surroundings.

It was an amazing weekend! I feel revived and happy to return to school. I’m not going home for Thanksgiving, so I still have about 2 months before I go home. It’s hard being away, but I’m so busy I don’t totally notice how much time is left or passing. Still, it’s been so so lovely having family near. There’s something to be said for getting a big hug from a familiar face!

Callie leigh

Biggest Moving Lessons I Learned: CA to VA

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I am so excited to announce that I am in Virginia, and have officially moved into my first place (not my parents or a dorm!). The place is BEAUTIFUL, and I will be doing a full apartment tour once we get everything more set up. I ended up not having some stuff because I put it in the trunk of my car, which is being ship, and the car is delayed so it hasn’t arrived yet. Anyway, after relocating to a place 3,000 miles from home, I am excited to share the biggest lesson I learned during my move. For full disclosure, I decided to buy everything either online or once arrived, and just packed my clothes and essentials on the plane. I took a red eye flight, and arrived in VA around 11:15 am on Friday. I wanted to get a lot done early so I could get settled faster. I also wanted my room set up so that I could start staying in my place, as opposed to my parents hotel, with my roommates. So, anyway, here are my biggest tips for moving a far distance!

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  1. Expect something to go wrong. As I said, there was an issue with the shipping of my car, so I currently have a rental car indefinitely. Hopefully my car arrives soon, but its unclear when it will get here, so I’m trying to just roll with it and stay calm. Also, my bed delivery was kind of insane. The expected hours of arrival was 1-3pm, but I then got notice it was delivered, when it wasn’t, around 4 pm. It was a large ordeal, but the mattress eventually arrived at 6 pm or so the day it was supposed to come. Also, the washer-dryer delivery ended up being off a day.
  2. Know that “estimated delivery dates” are probably inaccurate. I tried really hard to time every item I ordered online to arrive after I arrived. According to estimated delivery dates, I did this, but the key word is estimated. In actuality, things will arrive earlier or later. Luckily my roommates were nice enough to collect the items that arrived early!
  3. Make a separate list for each room. I made a spreadsheet with each room at the top, and then I made lists of everything I needed for each space. This made shopping easier, and made knowing what I still needed at the end of each day easier!
  4. Take small breaks. While I wanted to get set up quickly, I also wanted to make sure that I had time to think about my choices, and think about what I wanted to accomplish when.
  5. Don’t stress if it’s not perfect right away. After a few hiccups in the move (my trunk full of small items), my room still needs a few finishing touches. However, I’m happy with how my place looks now, and I’ll be even happier when it’s 100% done. Also, it’s better to perfect a space over time.
  6. Know that all the hassle with be worth it once you’re set up. Now that I’m basically 100% done moving in, I’m so happy with my place and I love coming home here. I’m looking forward to making it even more of a home, and living with my roommates!

What lessons have you learned while moving?

Callie leigh

Apartment Inspiration

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I am SO excited to announce that I recently signed a lease for a townhouse in Williamsburg, VA! Signing the lease made it feel much more real that I’m moving east, and that change is occurring, but I’m so excited! I’m living with two roommates, one from Alabama and one from New York. I met them at admitted students weekend, and they are both super super nice, and we were always be on the same page while we were looking a various places. Anyway, I could not be more excited about living OUT of the residence halls, and I am SO excited to begin decorating my little sanctuary of a room in the new place. After four years of dorm furniture and clutter, I’m going minimalist on the room layout. I want everything white and bright and airy and comfortable! In other words, I want hardly any clunky furniture, a lot of clean lines, and soft textures. So, today I wanted to share a little inspiration board, which is what I’m going for as of now!

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As you’ve probably realized, I have a thing for gold, navy and blush together. I love the airy shade of blush, with the pop of glitz that is gold, and navy is classic and a color I never get sick of. I want white furniture, with a cute gallery wall, and candles. The way our townhouse is set up, I have the smallest room, so rather than have my desk in my bedroom, I’m going to commandeer the little loft space we have (my roommates approved) as an office space. In order to keep our place presentable and cute, I am going to do a clean white desk, with hopefully the gold scalloped bulletin board above it, a gold desk lamp, and some fun desk supplies! I also LOVE the idea of doing a padded, patterned chair with it. If I’m going to be a slave to my desk while in law school, I at least want to be comfortable!

In my bedroom, I plan to do the scalloped bed or something similar, with white bedding, colorful throw pillows, and a blanket at the foot of my bed, then I will keep all my books in a white bookcase, along with some nick knack items. I will also need to get a set of drawers because I have so many clothes… and I need to take my whole wardrobe with me since I can’t just run home and swap seasons. So, I have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to items or rooms styles I want to emulate (it’s called ‘adulting’ because even though I’m an adult, moving into an actual townhouse makes it feel more real).

Shop this inspiration:

Bed: Pb Teen
Pillows: 1, 2, 3
Bookcase: IKEA
Library Card Print: Minted
Scalloped Bulletin: PB Teen
White Desk: Pb Teen
Desk Lamp: Target
Stapler: Kate Spade
Candle: Saks Fifth Avenue
Desk Chair: World Market

A lot of the items I am inspired by are a little expensive, so I’m going to look for cheaper versions, or may DIY some stuff! Regardless, I am so so excited to start looking for decorations and to work with my roommates on the rest of the house! One of my roommates already has some amazing stuff that she’ll be bringing so I think it’s going to be a great place!

Callie leigh