The end of my senior year definitely didn’t go as planned. While I wasn’t able to finish out my undergraduate career at the University of Oklahoma on campus with my friends and peers, I knew I at least wanted some photos to commemorate my 4 years as an undergraduate. Since social distancing procedures were already in place by mid-March, I was unable to hire a photographer for a senior portrait shoot.
Luckily, my time blogging has given me loads of experience with iPhone photography, self-timers, and tripods! I got ready and loaded up all my gear early one morning and headed to campus. I love how they turned out, although trying to wrangle all the props with the addition of a cap/gown/stole/hood on my own was a hassle. (Also, do you realize how hard it is to take a cap-throwing picture on your own with a 10-second self timer? REALLY hard.)
I’m proud of my work on these pictures, and over the past 4 years as well. I can’t wait to experience virtual commencement and graduation with my family this weekend!
We’re a little over a month into quarantine, and it would be easy to say I’m not going crazy being stuck inside. However, I have been trying to make good use of my time, and keep a balance between work and relaxation. This was a tough balance to find at first- working from home is not my forte- but the longer I’ve gone on, the easier it’s become. Here’s how I’ve been spending my days since shelter-in-place went into effect.
1. Got an internship
More on this in an upcoming post, but I was incredibly lucky to score a social media internship position with Tart-a-licious French Desserts during this quarantine experience! Since I have extra free time now that I’m not going to physical classes or commuting to campus, an internship seemed like the perfect way to fill my time. Can’t wait to share more about my experience soon!
2. Updated my resume
With new industry experience comes a new resume. I’m particularly anal about mine (not surprising when you own a resume design business) and reformatting mine to fit my new experiences was a lot of fun. I can’t wait to use it to start lobbying for a summer internship position!
3. Found new resume clients
I’m not the only one needing a new resume right now! To help those affected by COVID-19, I’m currently offering a discount of $30/document to all new resume clients. Hopefully this is able to help those seeking employment in a troubled job market. (Interested? Email me at email@example.com)
4. Designed for Redbubble
Recently, I realized I need to start capitalizing on my graphic design skills and upload more of my work to Redbubble. If you have anything you want to see, let me know!
5. Started rewatching Gossip Girl
This one shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. I’ve been binging Gossip Girl since my sophomore year of high school (7 whole years, which is kinda crazy) and I just got back into it recently. Since I’ve seen the whole series all the way through more than 10 times, it’s the perfect show to have on in the background if I’m doing other things. Currently on season 4!
6. Played animal crossing
Wild World, not New Horizons. For some reason I just can’t give the Nintendo DS version up- I’ve had it since 5th grade and still love socializing with my villagers and taking care of my town when I have some down time. It’s a great way to decompress, as well!
7. Stayed focused on my goals
COVID-19 may have stopped normal life, but school goes on. I’m gearing up to finish my semester and graduate in a few weeks, albeit without a ceremony. However, I’m excited to officially have my bachelor’s degree and officially be a master’s student! After I finish writing this post I’m going to start working on my 2-year plan. I’m excited to see where life takes me over the next year and the year after my master’s graduation, and I want to be prepared!
It’s March now, which means that spring break is right around the corner. Last year, some of my girlfriends and I took a trip down to St. Augustine, Florida, where we spent a glorious 6 days relaxing on the beach, indulging in great food, and exploring the city.
When it came time to pack last year, I was kind of at a loss. What’s important? What isn’t? And as a chronic overpacker, I stuffed my carry-on-sized suitcase to the brim and hoped for the best.
While I’m not heading back to the sun and the surf this spring break (although stay tuned to see where I will be headed), I wanted to share my tips and tricks on what you need and what you don’t for the ultimate spring break beach vacation.
I’ll be detailing my top 10 items below, and attaching a full packing checklist at the bottom full of everything you’ll need. Let’s dive right in!
If you’re on a beach vacation, this should be a no-brainer. You can probably get away with just one bathing suit if you won’t be swimming every day, but if you will be, pack multiple: because believe me, putting back on a damp or sandy swimsuit is no fun.
Going out to dinner, walking around town, or even just hanging around the beach house- a flowy sundress is a must! They’re super versatile and can be used for several different outings.
3. Light jacket
Hopefully your trip is sunny and warm, but if mother nature doesn’t favor you and you’re struggling to soak in those rays a light jacket will be your best friend. Beach weather can change on a dime and a light jacket will make sure you don’t get too cold.
The ocean glare can be super bright, so always pack sunglasses to protect your eyes while you’re lounging in the sand. You really only need one pair, but they don’t take up a lot of space, so you can pack multiple if you would like!
5. Multi-purpose sandals
If you’re traveling with a big group or flying with a carry-on, luggage space is limited. Luckily, most beach clothing doesn’t take up a lot of room, but picking pairs of shoes that are super versatile can really help maximize your luggage space. Sandals that you can wear out to grab lunch or to a bar later in the night serve double duty and help you have more space in your luggage for other things!
Depending on the area you’re in, you might be privy to restaurants or bars right on the beach. Packing a cover-up ensures you’ll be able to go in and grab a drink or bite to eat during your beach day!
Probably no explanation necessary, right? Pack a couple pairs of shorts and you’ll be ready for anything you have planned, from a beach day to lunch downtown.
8. Multi-purpose tops
Much like with sandals, packing tops that can go from day to night will really save you space in your luggage. Flowy tank tops and bandeaus are your best bet!
Down by the ocean can get pretty windy, so prepare to hold your hair back with scrunchies or bandanas! Anything that helps keep your hair out of your face will be essential.
If you’re in a beach town with things to do other than hang out in the sand, you’ll want a cute and comfy pair of sneakers to walk around in! I wore mine out to a local farmer’s market and coffee shop.
And that’s my top 10! Here’s a full list of everything you’ll need:
Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments, and have a great time on your vacation!
P.S. Heading to St. Augustine or somewhere similar? Check out my recap posts from spring break 2019 to see what we did on our trip!
It’s officially that time of the year (at least in Oklahoma) where it’s freezing in the morning and perfectly pleasant by the afternoon. When selecting my outfits on days like today, I try to dress for the happy medium of the two temperatures- which usually includes a fusion of my summer and winter wardrobe.
I actually wore almost this exact outfit back in August– minus the mock-neck top, of course. I love being able to take wardrobe pieces and adapt them from season to season. This skirt works just as well in November as it did three months ago, and that’s how I know it was a worthwhile investment into my wardrobe!
When I chose my newspaper-print crop top for Thursday’s #OOTD, I knew exactly where I wanted to shoot it. Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication, which sits right at the entrance to the South Oval, was my prime background because of the breaking news banner wrapped around the outside. I’m usually in more secluded spots when I take my #OOTD pictures, but this was too good of a backdrop to pass up.
This has been one of my favorite tops ever since I found it over the summer, and I always get so many compliments when I wear it. As a former journalism major (and someone still in the field of mass communication) it’s perfect for me. I’ve mostly just paired it with my black shorts, but I hope to try something different soon- keep checking my Instagram stories to see!
Also, taking pictures in front of a continuously moving banner? MUCH harder than you might think. Getting the timing right when you have to start the camera timer 10 seconds in advance is pretty difficult- shoutout to the people walking down the South Oval who saw me attempting this. I promise the end result was worth it.
Happy game day, Sooner fans! Today OU is taking on UCLA in Pasadena, and I’m super excited to watch this game. I haven’t missed an OU away game since my freshman year, so it’ll be kinda weird watching it unfold on the TV screen, but I’m looking forward to watching it with my friends.
Today’s game is at The Rose Bowl, which pairs perfectly with this past Thursday’s #OOTD! I love this fun bodysuit and the rose embroidery on the sleeves. I’m also a sucker for pieces with a white hem, I think it makes them look so classic and put together.
I love the quote that goes something like “I was born to be wild, but only until 9 p.m. or so.” I feel like that has perfectly described me lately- with the ramping up of basically everything in my life, I’m working to continue making sleep a priority. Being in bed by 10 every night helps me get up super early for my Tuesday/Thursdays, which is essential because I like to beat the crowds to campus and have some peace and quiet for my #OOTD shoots, all before my 9 a.m. class. It definitely sets me up for a busy day!
What a crazy week! From an unintentional 15 minutes of fame on Twitter to an unanticipated sickness, this week has taught me to always expect the unexpected. Despite not knowing what this week was going to have in store, I made sure to always put the utmost care into my outfits. I pretty much live by this Gossip Girl mantra:
“Whatever you wear, always dress to kill.”
Gossip Girl, Season 3: Episode 16
I’ve found that even the worst days are more tolerable with a fantastic outfit. And yesterday’s #OOTD is definitely one of my favs! Despite still being super hot (thanks for triggering my asthma, Oklahoma,) my breezy white top still kept me super cool. My “Hello” drop earrings have been one of my favorite statement pieces lately, and I love how the gold tied my whole ensemble together.
If you’re new from Twitter: welcome! I hope you’ll stick around and follow me on Instagram @selfiesandootds. I love expanding my audience and meeting new people! Keep an eye out for my next #OOTD, I try to post my outfit details at least twice a week. See you soon!
Confession time: I never actually watched Kim Possible as a kid. But I definitely felt like I was channeling some KP vibes today with this #OOTD. Am I wrong?
My last class of the afternoon was cancelled, meaning I would be able to get home before the heat of the day hit. (Hello, jeans weather!) I’ve been looking for an excuse to break these out- they were one of my incredible H&M finds from about a month ago- and I’m glad the weather cooperated and allowed me to stay comfortable all morning. I’m loving the camo print, I definitely want to pick up some more camouflage pieces for fall!
The only con I can find of wearing crop tops to campus is that sometimes my classrooms are freezing cold. I’ve had to start bringing a sweatshirt to break out just in case my classes start to double as the arctic tundra!
Week two of senior year is in the books! It’s all flying by so quickly already, so I need to remind myself from time to time to stop and smell the roses. I feel like this semester will be gone before I know it, and I want to make sure I value my last fall semester as an undergrad!
I don’t want to time to pass too quickly, but I wouldn’t mind fast-forwarding to days with some cooler weather. I have so many cute long sleeves and outerwear items, I want to show them off! Until then, enjoy more #OOTDs with crop tops and shorts.
Can’t wait for my last first home football game of this season on Sunday! I’m pretty exhausted from this week, but I’m always in the mood for some Sooner football. September 1 (& hopefully cooler days), here I come!