Around Campus: Shades and Style

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Heeellooo....things are quite busy and frantic around here, but I thought I'd pop in and show you some pics I snapped recently of a dear friend who has some fabulous style.

Meet Mete!

Love this girl to death...she has spunk, attitude, style, and confidence like nobody's business. 

 She's also a natural model, if you couldn't tell. Practically made for the spotlight. 

With spring just around the corner and sunny days peeking out, shades are the way to go...

As are Oxfords and bows!

Hats always add an extra bit of pizazz. Great for accessorizing, days when you don't have time to do something special with your hair, or just when you want a touch of coolness. 
Fedoras = win. 

(Photographer's hand. I.e. mine.)

Where there's sun, there's always shade...

and shadows. ;)

Three Things

Friday, March 8, 2013

1. My abs are ridiculously sore. I may or may not have done three of Gina's Tabata Thursday cardio burst videos, followed by two of her ab workout videos.


2. My nail polish is horribly chipped because I didn't have time to repaint them and therefore had to try to scrape it off.

3. I didn't have time to paint them because I rushed out the door to catch a 4-hour bus ride to get to the fly to New York City.

Hello, spring break!

Lenten Reflection: Why We Need Lent

Thursday, March 7, 2013


So simple a word, and yet so fraught with meaning.

It's a word that both challenges and beckons. What is Lent...and why do we observe it?

There are many answers, but perhaps the simplest and most personal is that it's a time when God reminds us to turn to Him. It's a season when He stirs our hearts and whispers, "I'm here. Beneath the flurry of classes, beneath the ceaseless noise of keyboards typing, iPhones beeping, teachers calling out assignments, and the sound of each day being lived out...I'm here. Right now, with you. Waiting for you. Ready to give you peace."

I've written before in past years what Lent means and why it's celebrated. But this semester, I was struck with its meaning in an entirely new way. God showed me through several experiences why Lent is associated with penance, with's not the most joyous time, Lent. None of us like forgoing our favorite foods, sweets, coffee, Facebook, or whatever it may be that we've given up for Lent.

It's because Lent is about realizing our brokenness. It's the quiet realization that we are not the most important thing in this enormous, amazing universe - and that we never have been. Lent is looking in the mirror and understanding that if we shine, it's because we are reflecting the Most Beautiful Person who is, has, and will be.

Because when we acknowledge that we are humans who fall, when we accept that we perhaps haven't done the best job, we're acknowledging that God's presence in our lives is the only perfect thing about us.

But the good thing about realizing that we're broken? Broken things can be repaired - and our God is a God of love. He is gentle, He is kind, He is tender. And He's calling us to Him.

Perhaps this semester's started off on a rough note. Perhaps you're stretched beyond your means. Perhaps you're feeling inadequate.  Perhaps you're struggling with a toxic relationship, or one that isn't going the way you wish it would. Friends, it's this exact time - during these exact hardships, that God is waiting. For you. While He may not be "a tame lion," He's not going to force you to love Him. Instead, He waits for you, because He knows your heart better than anyone else. And another thing, friends. Only He can truly satisfy it. Because He knows you perfectly, and no matter how dear your family, your friends, or your significant other is...your heart is always longing for God. Because true peace and joy come from Him.

 So this Lent, take some time to carve out a moment  - even if it's just a moment - to rest in God and ask Him for peace:

  • Follow a Lenten scripture reading plan - there's a great free Bible app for the iPhone called "Holy Bible" by YouVersion that has a wonderful selection of bible study plans. #SheReadsTruth is wonderful!
  • Try making it a goal to attend morning or evening Mass during the week - even if it's only once or twice
  • Join a Bible study and really delve into scripture
  • Check your church's bulletin or website for information about any Lenten services they may offer.
  • Chose one day during the week, like Friday, on which Lenten penance is especially observed, and commit to 15 or 30 minutes of prayer that day.  
  • Many Catholic churches offer a plethora of Lenten services from daily Mass, Adoration, Confession, reciting the Divine Mercy Chaplet (a special series of penitential prayers), and the Stations of the Cross
  • It's okay to start small!

So that brokenness? That aching heart? That spirit, so overwhelmed and exhausted by everything that needs to be done?

 Bring it to Him. I guarantee you, He won't let you down. This is God, we're talking about, after all. He happens to be amazing.

Modest Monday: Around Campus and What I Wore on Valentine's Day

Monday, March 4, 2013

 Just joining the Modest Monday party? Here's the original post. Each Monday, I post a modest, stylish outfit. 

Why? Because I believe you don't have to sacrifice fashion and style for purity. 
 Modesty does not equal frumpy. This is my way of showing that modesty can be fashionable and pretty. I'm a girl determined to live a life of 
and plenty of style. 

While I'm out on campus, running to classes and such, I thought I'd post the last of Valentines Day pics - here's some fabulous ladies I ran across on campus on V-Day. 

Love, love the pink  - she reminded me of Audrey Hepburn with the sunglasses and scarf!

We also happened to be wearing the exact same shoes, bright red hue and all.

When in doubt, think pink. 


Her friend was dressed equally fabulously...

Red coat time!

Loved her fun style, especially her heart-shaped earrings.

And moi. Just keeping it classy with roses and red lips. 

Happy Monday!

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