Happy October!! It’s insane how fast September went and how quickly the semester is flying by, too. It feels like I was in Vermont yesterday, hanging with my campers and sporting flannels and tie dye on a regular basis. But now I’m at school, midterms week is over (phew) and the football season has started. I got this awesome Homecoming themed VoxBox from Influenster with everything needed for a good homecoming weekend: throat lozenges (because everyone seems to be perpetually sick at college), chips and candy, cleanser, nail polish, and this cool sticker which I stuck on my head because I ran out of room on my water bottle. While homecoming isn’t until November at USC, football season is definitely in full swing. I’ve broken out my diy-ed football sneaks and cheered until I could cheer no more. My watermelon obsession has only gotten worse since coming to college, and these watermelon flavored Luden’s throat drops are perfect for when I wake up with a scratchy throat after a game day or even a late night of studying. Also I had never heard of Red Vines until I came to college. My parents are huge Twizzlers aficionados, so, by no surprise, I’m a Twizzlers girl. I thought Red Vines were just knock offs, but they are more licorice-y tasting and overall just delicious: I left the package open and in plain sight in my dorm room and they were gone in a nano-second. Bad idea.
Last game day I went to Goodwill down the street with some friends and picked up this striped painting (featured in three of these photos) for $3. It’s so big that my roommates and I had to rearrange all of our decorations to have it fit – and we have a lot of decorations. Also, I had to carry through downtown LA back to my dorm, and then fit it in the elevator to get up to my room. #WorthIt. Luckily, the colors go perfectly with our washi tape cityscape and tapestry from Vietnam. I also put together this playlist (which I haven’t done in forever) with all of my new jams. I’m still doing that pick-one-catchy-song-and-play-it-on-repeat-for-days thing (sorry roommates), and for the past two days it has been #8, “Peanut Butter Jelly” by Galantis. IT’S JUST SO CATCHY. I hope you all have lovely weekends!! Catch ya later.
Top: H&M | Skirt: American Apparel Factory | Booties: Old Navy | Headband: American Apparel Factory
(photography by Brooke Helstrom, David Garry & Nate Overholtzer)
The American Apparel Factory store is a dangerous place. Easy jeans for $15 instead of $78? And skirts like this for $25 instead of $62? I’ve been looking at a skirt like this in multiple different stores for months and I just couldn’t bring myself to buy it, so when I saw how big of a sale this skirt had, I couldn’t resist. And it’s an entire warehouse full of these price chopped items. Dangerous, but oh-so incredible at the same time. It’s kind of like Disneyland, if you ask me. Also, SC’s campus has begun to feel more and more like Disneyland. It’s about the same size as The Happiest Place On Earth, there are buildings of all shapes and sizes, and roofs with incredible views of the sunsets. I took these photos in the School of Cinematic Arts’ little garden area after dinner last night, which might I add is absolutely stunning. The entire school is just gorgeous. I also caught this sunset at the top of one of the many parking structures around campus and loved every second of it. Sure, it’s beautiful from right outside my dorm, with VKC (that little ball thing sticking up in the sky) in the background and the fountain/pool-that-isn’t-for-swimming, but it’s even more breathtaking in person from a high spot on campus. My college bucket list now officially includes watching the sunset from the tallest building on campus. And I’m sure it will be documented on this here handy corner of the internet, T&T, for all to see.
“Restless Wind” by Passenger literally came out yesterday and I’ve had it on repeat since then. It’s very calming and the guitar is incredible. And even if you don’t appreciate guitar riffs and melodies as much as I do, it’s still incredible.
When I first dreamt of going to California for college, I thought my time would be spent lounging on the beach, studying to the sound of crashing waves and salty breezes. Boy, was I wrong. My time is spent studying, however not on (or even near) a beach. My study spot has taken the shape of a big comfy chair in least aesthetically pleasing of the libraries and the shape of a metal chair on the porch of the library, in the occasionally noticeable breeze and ever-present sun. The good thing is my classes are interesting – yes, I like school. I really do – so doing work isn’t the worst thing in the world.
I did get some beach time in, though. My dorm floor took a group trip to Santa Monica, hopping from the metro to the bus and onto the pier. It was such a nice break for being in bustling (yet weirdly spread out) downtown LA. Santa Monica is adorable. I got my shopping fix and food fix, in the form of crepes and a milkshake, on the promenade and then my beach fix, boogie board and all. I highly suggest trying to get two people on a boogie board simultaneously. It’s atrociously difficult and absolutely ridiculous.
I also suggest getting a Polaroid cube. It’s a smaller, less expensive version of a GoPro and is my favorite thing in the world. I now have a waterproof case for it, which made these lovely beach photos possible, and I can bring it more places without worrying about it getting a lot of water damage. The cool thing is that it’s splash proof and weather proof, but these West coast waves were far from splashes. One warning about the polaroid cube, though, is that it’s impossible to know what the photos are going to look like. In all of my attempts to document myself in a non-selfie fashion, lovely photos of the water or of the sky were taken. But hey, that’s just part of the fun.
My favorite beachy song: “Make A New Dance Up” by Hey Ocean! It’s so catchy and is incredibly beachy. Good vibes all around.
Dress: Wet Seal | Jacket: Thrifted @ Downtown Threads | Boots: Old Navy | Bag: Florence, Italy
(photography by Brooke Helstrom)
I’ve been exploring a lot the past few weeks in LA. I’ve been to Culver City, Downtown LA, and I’m headed to Santa Monica tomorrow. These photos are from my floor’s dinner trip to LA Live. I made my own pizza (crust, barbecue sauce, mozzarella cheese, chicken and a sparse amount of mystery green leafy things) and it was quite delicious. Definitely not New York pizza, but it was much better than dining hall food on campus. The same old morning omelet salad lunch/dinner routine is getting a bit redundant.
My closet is getting a bit repetitive, too. I’ve only been here for three full weeks, but somehow I’ve worn just about everything I packed with me and had to do an SOS online shopping spree at Wet Seal (and a few other places… oops). This dress is like brandy tee-shirt material (aka heaven) and it’s perfectly lightweight for the weird California weather. It can go from insanely hot and sticky to cool and windy in the matter of a sunset and this dress is perfect for the in-between. I also felt like my little booties were quite LA and my denim jacket was quite LA too… a little LA can’t hurt, right?
“Stop This Train” by John Mayer was a song that came through my cheap and sadly quiet portable speakers during a music sharing hour in my dorm. It’s absolutely beautiful and can fit any transition metaphor you choose to relate it to (i.e. college, moving, starting a new school, leaving friends, … college). “So scared of being older, I’m only good at being young. So I play the numbers game to find a way to say that life has just begun.”
So I arrived in California two weeks ago, ready for the endless sunny days and ecstatic to wear cute summery clothes 24/7. Quickly I learned that I didn’t pack enough suitable clothes for 90+ degree days weeks, and I also didn’t pack enough clothes in general. I was blowing through my flowy shorts and crop tops like nobody’s business, and soon enough I had nothing loose/cool/comfortable enough to wear in this ridiculous California heat. In my two weeks at school so far I’ve learned that rompers are the solution to this heat problem. I bought this romper online from Wet Seal and I’m obsessed. It’s perfect for casual occasions with sandals and backpacks (like so) or dressed up with wedges or booties. It also has pockets. Casual. Love it. Going to wear it every day. Never going to take my hands out of my pockets. Oops.
Today my floor (BK 3 represENT) traveled on the metro to Culver City to see… wait for it… a production of Harry Potter Hamlet. It was fantastic. We were college kids in a sea of children and umbrellas, but it was fun nonetheless. We grabbed some In-N-Out, went to Trader Joes (bought a succulent for our room (her name is Karl)), and then hopped back on the metro.
“All Of The People” Panama Wedding is all I can listen to lately. If you walk by my dorm, there’s a 94.78 chance you’ll hear me blasting it.
It’s been exactly a week since I left my home on the shores of Lake Champlain. Since then I’ve been home, I’ve moved to California, and I’ve started college. It’s crazy how the best things in life go by so quickly. I’ve been staring at these photos of Kiwi night for the past two weeks and I have to say they’re some of my favorites. Sunsets, rompers (especially super soft ones on super sale from Marshall’s), and summer sisters – what else could you need? Also I ombréed my hair again! Zoe and I did it together one night off at camp and it was terrifying and exciting all at the same time. I really like how it turned out. Now that I’m looking through these photos I’m realizing that you can’t see it very well at all, but if you’re up to date with me on instagram you’ll see it more often.
I know I talked about this one already, but it’s just perfect in describing the past week for me. “Reflections” by MisterWives is just incredible. If you didn’t listen to me last time, do yourself a favor and do it.
Shorts: Keen LA | Top: c/o ASOS | Shoes: Birkenstock
(photography by Zoe McPheron)
This flower strewn pathway is something that catches my eye every time I go to and from camp. On my last day off with Zoe I forced her to drive me up the road and take pictures. It was totally worth it, if you ask me. I’ve been dying to do it all summer. I was unsure about the color of this shirt when I ordered it online, but I’m obsessed with it. It’s the softest thing I’ve ever touched, and comfort comes first (ok, maybe second) when it comes to days off at camp. Speaking of comfort, I haven’t been able to take my Birkenstocks off. They’ve fully broken in and I find myself wearing them for some portion of every day. I wear them with socks sometimes, too. I think my baby blue rubber ducky socks go perfectly. I guess Vermont has officially rubbed off on me. That’s what I get for living here for 9 weeks!
“This House Is A Hotel” by The Wind And The Wave – This song was used in the play I was a part of at camp and I can’t get over how beautiful it is. I’m staking out some time in my crazy schedule to learn it on guitar, that’s how much I love it.
Berry picking is one of the most relaxing (yet filling) experiences I’ve ever had. When I’m on my days off I eat a ridiculous amount of food (breakfast was pancakes and fruit, then we picked berries, then lunch was a burrito, dinner was asian noodle stir fry and then dessert was more berries). Camp food is great, but its the little things in life like lettuce and fruit that I miss most. So, of course, I loaded up on real people food on my day off. I had been hoping to berry pick for a few weeks and I was so glad I finally got to do it. It’s really hard, figuring out which blueberries are perfectly ripe and digging through the raspberry bushes for bright red fall-off-the-stem berries. It’s also extremely difficult to not eat the berries right of the bushes. I must have payed for as many berries as I ate on off the bushes in the hour or two that I wandered through the berry farm.
Just because I’m at camp now doesn’t mean I’m not still on my Poshmark kick. I got this shirt, which is still available in Urban Outfitters btw, for $12 (as opposed to thirty something). It arrived right at camp in three days and it was in great condition. God, Poshmark rocks. Can you tell I like Poshmark? I also got these shorts at this crazy thrift store, Downtown Threads, in Burlington, VT and I love them way too much. I’m not sure if its the color or the fact that they fit perfectly tight at the waist and perfectly loose everywhere else, but they’re amazing.
Little Mix is officially back in my life. “Black Magic” is so catchy and classic LM, it’s another one on my wake-up cabin playlist.
If I could wear this skirt every day of the rest of my life, I would, so there was absolutely no question of whether it would be coming to camp with me or not. It’s perfect for intergalactic extravaganzas, dress up council rings and when banquet rolled around, I figured it was perfect for that, too. I bought this lace top on one of my days off in Burlington on a super-super sale (which should be no surprise because when do I ever pay full price for something). I thought the lace / metallic / Birkenstock combination was just ridiculously campy enough that it worked, and the tee-pee in our twilight meadow was just calling my name as a backdrop for this post. I also want to give a shoutout to my JL and my Aide (Brigid and Hannah) for helping me through first session and for awkwardly asking if they could be on the blog- here you guys go!!!
“Hold My Hand” by Jess Glynne – this one is on my “wake up” playlist and it does the trick every time.
One of my favorite things about camp is the view from the water. Seeing the mountains right against the lake and the sunset behind all of that is just incredible. I can’t get enough of the sun setting o’er the mountains and if I could watch the horizon from camp every day of my life, I would. Kiwi night is my favorite night at camp because we get to spend time on the waterfront, sending candles out on the water at sunset. The whole night is so beautiful. It’s also one of the two nights we get dressed up at camp, next to final banquet. I’m not sure why I gravitated towards a maxi dress, because it was a million degrees and we spend a great deal of time wading in the water on kiwi night, but I did and it happened. I love the top with the Aztec pattern and the lace up back. I’m loving camp and can’t wait to start the second session!
Tunes: “Reflections” MisterWives- it’s just so catchy, and it’s been on repeat at camp. I love love love it.