Saturday, September 24, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Happy Fall!

Though the first day of fall was a couple days ago, I thought I'm still within an appropriate time range to post a "Happy Beginning of Fall" photo.

I am VERY ready for the leaves to start changing, for pumpkin patches and caramel apples, and for chunky scarves, booties, and cool autumn days.

In celebration of all things fall, here's a cheeky THROWBACK picture of me when I was little, prancing around a pile of pumpkins holding my Teletubby toy by its little antenna. (Which one is the purple one? La La? Dinky-Winky? Popsicle? Are these even Teletubby names?!) Also note my old dog, Blue, prancing behind me. We were a prancing-prone family.

Cheers to a fantastically colorful fall!

Leave a comment telling me what your favorite childhood television show was! Also, if you remember the names of the Teletubbies, that would also be great. Thanks for reading!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Turning 20

When I began reading Young Adult novels around age 14, I remember thinking how old these 16, 17, and 18-year-old characters seemed. Like, they were OLD. Some of them were getting married, others were saving the world. One of them even got pregnant. (That's right Bella, I'm looking at you.) 

As I'm typing this, my birthday is in two days. When this goes up, it will be my birthday. I will be 20 years old. That's two decades, in case you were wondering. Yet even though I'm older than those 16, 17, and 18-year-old-characters, I feel like I'm still 14. I feel naive. Inexperienced. I haven't been on any life-changing adventures. I haven't saved the world. I haven't even had a boyfriend. But I have to remind myself not to compare myself to other people, whether their fictional or real. That has probably been the most challenging aspect of my life thus far: constantly comparing myself to others. 

I have been alive for 20 years. That feels like a long time and it also feels like no time at all. That's 20 long years, and 20 very short years of comparing myself to people around me. Successful people, unsuccessful people, my siblings' accomplishments, my friends' accomplishments, total strangers' accomplishments...You get the picture? I tell myself that every one does this, because, really, EVERYONE does this. I know they do. But sometimes I feel like I'm the only one who does it. And I'd like very much to stop doing it.

I don't want to put too much pressure on myself. I know that I'm not perfect. No one is perfect. But this year, in my 20th year, in my two decades of being alive, I'd like to try harder. Try harder at being accepting and loving of myself. 

Totally cheesy, right? But, like, it really needs to happen. Because I want to be happy, and basically I'm the biggest obstacle in achieving that particular goal. So, it's time to start reading those YA novels exactly the way they were meant to be read - as fiction - and stop comparing myself to where other people are in their magical journey through this strange strange thing that is life. 

Another, totally less cheesy goal I'm setting for myself is to not be afraid to share my creative outlets. Photography, sketching, writing, blogging. I tend not to share these things. I'm not a very open person. But these things make me happy. So I'm going to do them. And I'm going to share them. YOLO will be my new motto. I am officially declaring YOLO as my motto. 

I, Maggie, officially declare YOLO as my new motto. 

You heard it here, folks. Stop comparing, start sharing. Bye now.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Autumn Fashion Wishlist

It's FINALLY September, and even though the weather is still quite warm, I'm thoroughly convinced that if I start wearing warmer clothes the weather will cool down and that crisp autumn air will finally be upon us.

Autumn is the best time of the year. Yes, I went there. I've officially declared Autumn as the best time of the year. Besides Christmas. But anyways, I love autumn. The air, the fashion, the colors, my birthday, the PUMPKIN SMELLING EVERYTHING. It's all so great. 

Thinking of autumn also has me thinking of how I really need some fall staples in my wardrobe which also has me thinking of how I have no money because I'm a broke college student. So instead of breaking bank and buying all this stuff, I thought for now, it'll have to do to simply share a wishlist of some autumn fashion pieces that I really wouldn't mind having. 

To start, I've been eyeballing this star sign pendant from Anna SacconeJoly's jewelry line on Stilnest. Though it's not necessarily autumn-related, I thought I'd throw it in because they are absolutely beautiful AND I WANT ONE. I love both the gold and the rose gold one, so if the time comes for me to buy one I don't really know how I'll choose. Nevertheless, I'm a Virgo so this is what the pendent looks like. 

Rose Gold

Next, an absolute necessity for the autumn wardrobe - SHOES. I am in desperate need of some booties, so I've found two pairs that caught my eye, one pair from ModCloth and the other from a website called Altar'd State. I've also included some GOLD SPARKLY KEDS because I love sparkles and I love shoes. These ones are the ones by Kate Spade on the Keds website. 

Altar'd State



Next, tops. And by tops I mean fuzzy warm turtle neck sweaters. I love simple, easy to wear sweaters, and turtlenecks are the epitome of autumn chic. I've found three, two turtlenecks and one mock turtleneck, all from H&M.

Jackets are a thing that I'm obsessed with. The first one I picked is a Barbour jacket from Nordstrom. I love the layered, casual look of these jackets, and layered and casual is my autumn style goal. Next I included a Bomber jacket from Asos. Bomber jackets are cool and I am not. If I put one on, I will be cool. So there's that. 

Barbour from Nordstrom
Bomber from Asos

Finally, I have a skirt from Asos. I'm not a huge skirt person, but I want to be. I want to put more effort into my relationship with skirts. This one is a button-up denim skirt that would look great with a sweater and some tights and booties, with a tight tee and some sneakers, or with a cardigan, leggings, and tall boots. 


So there you have it - my autumn fashion wishlist. Leave a comment below telling me your favorite season, your favorite part of autumn, or what items you have on your autumn fashion wishlists! 

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Back Again

It's Sunday, September 4th, so naturally I'm sitting in a room that's much too bare (and too small) for my likings, already putting off the pile of reading I have to do. That's right folks. I'm back at school. 

Last year was not a great year for me. I didn't make many friends, I was constantly homesick, and I felt trapped on campus. That being said, I didn't necessarily HATE my school or the people around me. I just wasn't very happy. This year, I'm hoping that will change. 

Now that my sister has graduated and off doing adult things in D.C., I've acquired her car. That in and of itself makes me feel a bit more comfortable and confident about this year because I know I can leave campus whenever I want, go home on weekends (and for my birthday in three weeks!), and run to the store if I need something. 

I'm also a bit more excited about this year because now that I've declared my major, I can start thinking more confidently about my future - about classes I'm going to take, places I might want to study abroad (Ireland? Maybe?) and possible career options. 

My roommates and I are getting along really well which is always a great thing. We go to dinner and campus activities together, and I've probably done more things in this first past week than I did throughout all of last year because of them. 

One thing last year that I was awful at was class participation. I'm someone who would rather listen and jot down notes than join in on conversation, which is something that I hate. I hate that I don't like to speak in class. This year I'm really challenging myself to share my ideas and opinions a bit more rather than sit back and let others take over. 

I'm really going to do my best to keep a positive attitude this year. I'm going to challenge myself to step out of my comfort zone. I'm going to try to relax and not worry so much this year, about anything and everything, but I'm going to work hard. 

And that's it. I'm back again for a new year and I'm going to make it a good one. Thanks for reading!