Keeping Up With Kourtney: November Edition

Keeping Up With Kourtney: November Edition

Graduation// This past week I applied for college graduation this spring. It didn’t hit me until I was laying in bed that night and was pondering what I’m doing with my life after school. I actually cannot believe how fast these last four years have flown by, and, to be completely honest, I don’t know that I’m entirely ready to grow up.

Tropical Smoothie Café// Yesterday I finally stopped in to see what all of the hype was about, and I must say, I didn’t hate it. I highly recommend going to check out the sweet nectar of the gods for yourself because it’s pretty fantastic if you ask me. For my first go, I tried Sunrise Sunset (strawberries, pineapple, mango, and orange juice), but I definitely want to try pretty much everything on the menu. I’m sure this will end up becoming a new addiction!

Dragonfly In Amber// I’m almost finished with the second book of the Outlander book series, and I’m dying for the next season to premier on television. I seriously think I’m having withdrawals.

Script Handwriting// For some odd reason, I’ve grown slightly obsessive over my handwriting and often find myself attempting to imitate the various script fonts I find on Tumblr and Pinterest.

Boyfriend// Anyone who knows me knows that I am a military girlfriend, and I’m so elated that my boyfriend will finally be home in a few days after being away for six long months!! I apologize in advance if I go on a slight hiatus while he’s home!!

DNCE// Joe Jonas is back, ladies and gents, with a new band and new sound. I barely recognized his voice when I heard their first hit Cake By the Ocean. I cannot stop listening to this extremely danceable song!

That’s all for this week. Have a super fab weekend!

-K

101 Goals

Hello There!

This summer before I began my first internship of this year, my boss had me sit down and come up with 101 goals I’d like to accomplish in my lifetime, and while I have accomplished a handful since I sat down to write it, I decided that I would rewrite it and share it with you as a reminder to you and myself that it is so important to keep our goals in mind on a daily basis.

  1. Graduate college– in April!!
  2. Swim with dolphins
  3. Get published
  4. Visit all 50 states
  5. Travel to Europe multiple times– my first time will be next September!
  6. Go sailing
  7. Be spontaneous for a whole day
  8. Rescue a dog from the shelter
  9. Buy a puppy
  10. Get married to the man of my dreams (he knows who he is;))
  11. Have children
  12. Start our own family traditions
  13. Own a boat
  14. Be a role model
  15. Take up yoga regularly
  16. Eat more vegetables
  17. Try a new food/drink every week
  18. Own a house
  19. Be generally successful in all of my endeavors
  20. Become an exceptionally strong writer
  21. Learn not to get frustrated over mistakes
  22. Live a happy life
  23. Own a pair Louboutins
  24. Make six figures before I die
  25. Finish reading the Outlander series
  26. Write for a magazine
  27. Have a fun career
  28. Get a tattoo– BIG maybe
  29. Make at least one person happy every day for the rest of my life
  30. Make a difference in someone’s life
  31. Host a holiday meal for my family
  32. Cuddle a pygmy goat
  33. Make a second job out of blogging
  34. Donate a copious amount of money to charity
  35. Complete at least five Pinterest projects I’ve pinned by the end of the year
  36. Read at least half of BBC’s Top 100 Book List
  37. Take my mom on the vacation of her dreams
  38. Buy my dad a boat
  39. Be in Times Square for the ball drop
  40. Go on a wine tasting tour– Italian wine tasting tour?
  41. Spend an entire day without touching my phone or laptop
  42. Sleep under the stars
  43. Take a cooking class
  44. Read the Bible in it’s entirety
  45. See Les Miserables on Broadway
  46. Go to Disneyworld and ride every single ride
  47. Make diamond boards for my littles
  48. Take the train to Chicago
  49. Speak French fluently
  50. Win the lottery
  51. Have excellent credit
  52. Pay back my student loans by the time I’m 40
  53. Watch the sunset in Hawaii
  54. Honeymoon in Paris
  55. Start an IRA
  56. Perfect my ice skating skills
  57. Maintain a budget
  58. Road trip to Alpha Delta Pi’s Executive Office
  59. Learn to sew
  60. Make my future husband breakfast in bed
  61. Learn to drive a manual
  62. Visit Nantucket
  63. Obtain my CPL
  64. Have my own business cards
  65. Volunteer at least once a week
  66. Purchase a new laptop
  67. Get an international phone plan– lame goal, but necessary for my long distance relationship
  68. Give up caffeine for a month
  69. Meditate regularly
  70. Stop biting/peeling my nails
  71. Purge my bedroom at my parents’ house before I move back in
  72. Leave a lasting impact on my sorority; I want to be remembered
  73. Have a date night at least twice a month (girls’ night when Ryan is away)
  74. Strive to learn at least one new thing a day
  75. Keep a journal of something I learn every day
  76. Buy coffee for a stranger
  77. Send flowers to a friend
  78. Answer the 50 questions that will free your mind
  79. Write a freelance article
  80. Get a massage
  81. Drink only water for a month
  82. Explore New England/the east coast in it’s entirety
  83. Perfect my handwriting
  84. Attend a conference (nothing that has to do with my sorority)
  85. Actually bake cookies instead of just eating the cookie dough
  86. Try Tropical Smoothie
  87. Get head-shots taken
  88. Go on a spontaneous trip
  89. Attend New York Fashion Week
  90. Attend the Kentucky Derby
  91. No fast food for a month
  92. Become a morning person
  93. Strengthen my Instagram game
  94. Get a professional blowout
  95. Read for 30 minutes every night
  96. Upgrade my iPhone
  97. Throw diamonds with Luke Bryan
  98. Go on a road trip with Ryan
  99. Make a blog friend
  100. See 10 classic movies
  101. Buy a monogrammed stationary

What are some of your goals? Comment below or share a link to your own blog post containing your 101 goals.

-K

Five Ways to Stay Sane During Midterms

Five Ways to Stay Sane During Midterms

Happy Friday Y’all!

I hope everyone had a great week, and is as stoked for the much needed weekend as I am. It’s that time of the year again for my fellow college students and I when our workload dramatically increases, our extra curriculars become more demanding, and we fight all urges to crawl into bed and hide from our responsibilities. That’s right, it’s the ever dreaded midterms.

Ever since I was a freshman, this time of the semester gave me so much anxiety; however, by now I come up with a few tricks for maintaining my sanity at this time.

1. ) Stay on task// There is little worse than getting side tracked from what you should be focused on at certain times. In order to prevent this, make a to-do list ranking your responsibilities from highest priority to lowest, and set aside designated time slots for each in order to accomplish everything in a timely manner. Also try your hardest to avoid your phone as it can be most distracting even for me.

2.) Set aside “me” time// While making your to-do list, make sure you set time aside to give your mind a break. Use this time to play on your phone, get food, read a book or magazine, take a nap, etc.

3.)  Learn to say NO!!// This is one that I have trouble with constantly, but sometimes you need to say no to happy hour with your friends; your grades (and liver) will thank you. Side note: this one works for any and all distractions in your life.

4.) Exercise// I’m not saying go run 4 miles, but it’s scientifically proven that exercise is an excellent form of stress relief. My personal favorites include yoga and dance.

5.) Get an adequate amount of sleep//Seriously, sleep is so so important, and I tend to forget this all the time. It is extremely necessary to get enough sleep to prevent multiple health problems, anxiety and to think clearly and remember more during your tests.

Now get out there and kick ass on your midterms! Best of Luck!

-K

October Playlist

October Playlist

Hello Fabulous People!

I’m here today to talk to you about something that is very near and dear to my heart: music. When I say that I love all types of music, I’m not joking (as you’ll see in the following playlist). I can jam to pretty much anything and everything– yeah, I see you classical music, what up Beethoven?!? That being said, my current playlist is teeming with variety; from rap to country to pop, you name it, it’s probably in my playlist. So, without further ado, here are the current songs I have on repeat!

Levels // Nick Jonas

679 // Fetty Wap

Rum // Brothers Osborne

Stay A Little Longer // Brothers Osborne

Kiss Me // Olly Murs

New Americana // Halsey

Leave A Trace // CHVRCHES

Kentucky Dirty // Laura Bell Bundy

Hotline Bling // Drake

What are some of your favorite songs right now? Comment below and I’ll give them a listen, and maybe even feature them on here!

Stay sweet, kiddos!

-K

An Open Letter To My Little Diamonds

An Open Letter To My Little Diamonds

My Dear Little Diamonds 1 & 2,

I’ve had this post planned for a quite some time, yet every time I sat down to write it, I wasn’t really sure where to begin. I guess I’ll start with this: from the moment I met you both, I knew there was something extraordinary about you; you were, and still are, determined, beautiful, confident, intelligent young women with the potential to do whatever it is that you set your minds to. Obviously, I like those qualities in the people I surround myself with. I have wanted you both as my little diamonds since the moment I met you, and you are both so incredibly special to me.

As your Big Diamond, it is my job to be your mentor, someone you can go to whenever you need advice, a hug or food (because, let’s face it, food is always the solution). I promise to always be honest and open with you, and to always have an emergency chocolate & chick flick stash for when you have a bad day. I promise to be not only your sister, but best friend and confidant.

My dear, sweet Meme, within just one year I have seen you grow so much in this sorority, and I could not be more proud of you. You have stepped up to take on leadership positions that alphas wouldn’t normally touch, and I have seen your confidence grow immensely. I hope that you continue to grow and lead so fearlessly in our chapter, and teach our alphas to do the same; they have a wonderful mentor to get them through their initial member period.

Little Diamond #2, you may not know who I am yet, nor will you until tomorrow, but Megan and I are so elated to welcome you into our little family. I see so much potential and drive in you that I cannot wait to see displayed in the chapter. Even knowing that I am a senior, you chose me as your Big Diamond and I couldn’t be more honored to spend the last year of my college career with you. I am so excited to reveal myself to you tomorrow!

Although I only have this last year in the chapter, know that I am ALWAYS here for you both no matter the circumstances. I love you both so much and I cannot wait to see all that you accomplish in the chapter and the future.

-K

Back to School Essentials

Back to School Essentials

It’s almost that time of year again: School Time! While I do admit I love going back to school, I must say I’m dreading this year solely because it will be my last first day of school EVER (Shoutout to all my fellow college seniors! Whoop whoop!) With the school year, rapidly approaching, I thought I’d share some of my back to school must-haves for new and returning college students. There’s just something about brand new books, clean notebooks, and brand new pens that just fills me with so much excitement for the upcoming year!

So, without further ado, here are my essentials for the upcoming school year:

  1. Simulateously cute and durable backpack or tote bag (or both!)- In my case, three days of the week I only have one class during which I’ll most-likely be using my Michael Kors tote, however, I am on campus all day for the other two days which means I’ll have a lot more to carry around. I bought this particular backpack from PB Teen my freshman year so it has held up extremely well compared to those I’ve used in the past.
  2. Agenda– If you’re constantly on the go and are balancing school, work, and extracurricular activities, you definitely need to keep your everyday activities on-track with a planner. My personal favorite is Lilly Pulitzer‘s jumbo agenda which I purchased for this year in the print Red Right Turn; not only does it allow a large space for recording daily tasks, but it provides a fun travel list section, as well as colorful patterns.
  3. Durable Water Bottle– For obvious reasons, it’s important to stay hydrated during long lectures. I depend on my Camelbak Eddy to not leak nor crack while toting it from class to dance during my busy days.
  4. Pencil Case/School Supplies– As aforementioned, I love school supplies, especially of the cute variety. I carry my necessary supplies around in an adorable cream and gold polka dot Kate Spade pencil case purchased at Paper Source. A few of my preferred supplies includes Sharpie fine-point pens, Bic velocity pencils, Sharpie highlighters (in multiple colors), and post-it notes.
  5. Notebooks or a Reliable Laptop– While I am a huge fan of modern technology, I prefer to take my notes with the old-fashioned pen and paper. I’ve discovered through trial and error that I am more susceptible to remembering my notes if I hand-write them.

While these are just a few of my many essentials, I hope this gives you an idea of items that will help you survive your next school year. Best of luck to everyone returning to school!

-K

Not-So-Guilty Pleasures: Headbands of Hope

Not-So-Guilty Pleasures: Headbands of Hope
My purchase: Bluestar ($23.95 without shipping)
My purchase: Bluestar ($23.95 without shipping)

Growing up in Catholic school, philanthropy has always been a huge part of my life. Now that I am involved in a sorority, I have so many amazing philanthropic opportunities, not only per my chapter, but other Greek organizations as well.

A few weeks ago, while attending a retreat put on by my school’s Panhellenic Council, I had the privilege of learning about a new chapter (Sigma Sigma Sigma) coming to our school’s campus this fall following Formal Recruitment.  During their segment, Tri-Sigma spoke about their involvement with the charity Headbands of Hope; For every headband sold, the organization gives a headband to a child battling cancer, and $1 is donated to children’s cancer research.

As the philanthropist and self-proclaimed shopaholic I am, I grew quite interested in the organization and decided that I wanted- nay- NEEDED Headbands of Hope in my life. They have a large variety of headbands to choose from ranging from couture to flowered to headwraps, and everything in-between! I decided to go with the timeless couture piece, Bluestar (see left image).

Your purchase is mailed in an adorable satchel (see feature image) that is great to store your product in. You also receive a sticker which I chose to put on my laptop to stir up questions about the organization and peak the interest of others! Of course, there are many more on my wishlist, plus it’s for such an amazing cause. This is one purchase you do not have to feel guilty about going a tad overboard with!

Check out the link to the Headbands of Hope website above and feel free to like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter and Instagram. They also have a variety of ways to rock your new headbands on their Pinterest page.

Until Next Time!

-K

Style Trend: Lululemon

Style Trend: Lululemon
Purchases featuring Brunch & Bubbles tee from Francesca’s

Leggings: when many people think of this article of clothing, they think of “basic” white girls in Uggs and an over-sized sweater sipping on a warm Starbucks beverage. What people don’t know, is that, as a female college student, I feel as though it is a duty of mine to wear leggings. If I didn’t wear leggings at least twice a week, I would just feel so wrong in so many ways.

This article of clothing is so versatile: you can dress it up with a sweater, a statement necklace, and leather ankle boots, or you can pair them with a graphic tee and Sperry’s; the possibilities are ENDLESS! Did I also mention how comfortable leggings are? Pretty darn comfy, ask any woman.

When Lululemon first became a “thing,” I was quite uninterested in buying an over-priced pair of skin-tight fabric. However, after a long internal battle, I decided to take a leap of faith and gave into capitalism when I bought my first pair of Lululemon leggings, and a sports bra…. and a headband. Okay so I went a bit overboard for my first time, but I just wanted to try everything so that I could really ensure that it was all it was cracked up to be.

After my purchase, my wallet was crying, but I was elated to sport my new clothes and see what all the hype was about. My new purchases turned out to be actually life changing! The Wunder Under Pants (I bought them in desert snake deep coal black) were tight, but not to the point where I felt like I was busting out of them, also the fabric was extremely comfortable. They definitely put my Victoria’s Secret leggings to shame. Furthermore, the Hold Your Om II sports bra (heathered black) is one of the best sports bras I own. As a dancer, I tend to have a difficult time finding a sports bra that both gives me support and is super comfortable; however, the Hold Your Om II is definitely worth it and costs the same price as a Nike or Victoria’s Secret sports bra. Finally, I picked up a Skinny Fly-Away Tamer Headband (in ziggy snake butter pink black) simply because it was cute and on sale.

Do you have an experience with Lululemon or another athletic brand? Comment below and let me know what you think!

-K