Saturday, September 20, 2014


new first-1

Wearing:// Top: Nordstrom, Jacket: Mother Denim, Jeans: Citizens of Humanity, Shoes: Converse, Sunnies: Wildfox, Bag: Longchamp 

Even though I've only been here just two weeks, it feels as if I took these pictures ages ago. Somehow, the time passes slowly but the days feel super long and jam-packed, which I've started to realize is la vie en France. Just a few days ago, we were sent out to discover this enchanting and vast city, while our teachers scrambled to create our schedules. After a good hour or so of "trying" to find answers, we stumbled upon some of our other classmates and while some students bought croissants, my friend Carter and I took some pictures in front of the Maison Ti Koz. Evidently, the date written on the facade of this medieval looking building ended up being a question later in the hunt, so I was easily able to find the answer by zooming in on these pictures! #bloggerwin. With my feet tingling from walking to all ends of the city, we returned with a good bit of the sheet done, not exactly caring whether or not we would win the hunt since we were satisfied with our solo explorations across Rennes. Because this was a Wednesday, our first Wednesday of the school year, we were then let out at 12, in response to the universal Wednesday half day in France. My friends and I hit all of the European boutiques and outdoor cafes, noting a Lush and The Body Shop in town (there's also Subway haha). It was really hard not to grab everything in sight at these quaint shops- gorgeous cardigans and elegant shirts graced my yearning fingertips and I may or may not have walked out with one. Or two. It's all a blur at this point. You could say that was a good day. 

Today I went to the weekly Saturday market with a student renting a room at my host family's house, Estelle. She pointed out all of the different sections of the market (fish, meat, flowers, jelly, vegetables, chocolate, etc.), helped me with names of things I didn't know in French, and showed me *the* best chocolate stand. Ever. Thank goodness for samples! Afterwards, we both decided we should probably do some homework before we would have drinks with some neighbors and head to Saint Briac-sur-Mer all day tomorrow. If I have my facts straight, it's a beach/town just an hour outside of Rennes. I will definitely be posting some pics from there soon! Hope all of you are well. Kisses from France! xoxo

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


looking cherrry-1

Wearing:// Sweater: LF Stores, Jeans: Topshop (Run small but the waist is huge!), Booties: Jeffrey Campbell

With the nights getting brisker and the fall feels coming on, I say bring on the sweaters and pumpkin aromas! While I could live with having summer/no school year round, there are a few fall things that make the transition less grueling; cinnamon + other spiced drinks, cozy knit sweaters, ankle booties, and the changing of the leaves (I really enjoy the red ones). I'm not quite sure if I'll get that whole experience in France, considering it rains on reg in Brittany. Although, on those chillier nights when I will likely be avoiding homework by taking strolls, boyfriend jeans + booties + cropped sweaters will = comfy bliss. Sounds like a plan to me!

Sorry to keep this post short and very scatterbrained, but I'm off to the book store to buy some more school supplies! I swear I've been to the mall here at least 5 times, each trip for more notebooks! I didn't realize we would need so many and I also accidentally bought a graph paper only one, haha. Additionally, I am thoroughly regretting not bringing those boyfriend jeans and that sweater right now! Anyway, I hope you guys are doing well and had a good Monday! I'm pretty exhausted, I've got to say. But get pumped for my first France outfit post coming next! Woo hoo! 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Rennes | First Glimpse

rennes collage 2014

1. An important politician's house, 2. Some of the beautiful flowers in the Parc du Thabor, 3. My host mom walking her energetic dog Athos, 4. A Pyrenean mountain dog that I stalked in the park because I saw the movie Belle et Sebastian, 5. A young woman on her scooter rocking some color + a union jack, 6. A little girl pokes around for fish in a water basin in the park, 7. An awesome vine growing on the facade of a house in town, 8. The street where our school is, 9. Insane architecture in the center of Rennes, 10. Flower mazes in the massive park, 11. The beautiful SYA school building, 12. Some photos I took on my phone

        To say these past few days have been a whirlwind of overwhelming and exciting emotions would be an understatement. I guess I should start from the beginning- Boston. Before heading off to Paris via Boston Logan airport, my mom and I drove up early in order to explore Boston as well as avoid being late due to traffic. We spent our two days shopping on the wonderful street of Newbury and stuffing our faces with lobster rolls. YUM. For a while, our stay at the hotel and the touristy things we did just felt like a regular vacation, as opposed to the launching point for a completely new life I would soon being creating. It only really hit me that this was all actually happening once we were in the Hilton listening to the director and president speak about the year that would ensue. With all the talk of their expectations and other things that were said in order to reassure the parents, I felt almost dismayed by their lectures. "Maybe this wasn't such a good idea?" But alas, I eventually boarded the plane and said a goodbye to my mom. Eventually, I made my way through the decently long security line and waited as my classmates slowly made their way through the overweight suitcase lands to the more relaxed gate area. 

Our flight was at the late hour of 10:50 PM, and I was thankfully able to sleep somewhat, but still talk to some girls from my program sitting next to me. When we finally arrived in Paris, the only thing going through my mind was, "How will I ever transport my suitcases?!" However, my friend and I ended up finding those rather large suitcase carts which were free at CDG. When we arrived at the busses, we were all buzzing with nervousness in anticipation of our arrival. That feeling subsided after sitting for an hour when we were eventually informed that 7 peoples' suitcases were lost (and still are). We left Paris sans their suitcases and began our 5ish hour drive to Rennes. The speed bumps in our journey did not stop there. When we were just 30 miles outside of Rennes, my bus's tire just beneath me on the driver's side exploded! I honestly felt like we were going to flip or something horrible was going to happen. It was a scary experience, okay? About an hour later, we transferred everything onto another bus and continued the adventure. After being dropped off, I found my host family within seconds and we walked to the house which happens to be about 2 minutes walk from school and everything really. 

These past few days have been all about adjusting as best I can before school starts. Yesterday, we took a little tour of Rennes and the bustling city life. There are so so many shops and restaurants, a few of which are American- I also can't wait to venture into some of the hole-in-the-wall cafes. After a cheese, bread, and avocado filled lunch, I took a solo trip to the Parc Du Thabor, which we had visited earlier in the day with my host mom's dog in tow. The park was so much bigger than I had imagined, with oodles of flower mazes, a lawn filled with people chatting, and a large grass square. With my camera in hand, I explored all of the ins and outs, taking in the beauty. I stumbled upon a small basin of water, where tons of children sat pointing at fish and trying to touch them. After sitting there for a while just watching, I eventually returned back to the house for a pie-cheese-type dish for dinner. 

Today was a bit more jam-packed, with lots of walking and running involved. This morning, I took a nice run through the Parc Du Thabor, which was full of other people running and reading beside the flowers. After conquering that pursuit (I've had It was necessary!), we took yet another tour of Rennes, though this time more extensive. We passed by houses with more of a medieval feel and the train station which I expect I will be using in the future. On our way back from the tour, we saw someone from my group and promptly invited them over for cider. Even though I didn't understand a lot of the conversation, observing multiple french people talk was helpful. And now, I am going to finish up this post and set out my clothes for tomorrow because we have school!! Yayy!!!!! So fun!!!! To my luck, it's just orientation and then we have testing Tuesday, with Wednesday being a Rennes exploration day according to one of my classmates. Thank-goodness for two day school weeks. Hope you guys are doing well and enjoy these photos! xo 

P.S. Sorry this is so long! I don't know what got into me, haha. 


Monday, September 8, 2014



Wearing:// Dress: Aritzia (Billabong Glass Petals Baby Doll Dress), Jacket: LF Stores (Levi's Aluna Denim Jacket), Shoes: Chanel (Doc Martens Chelsea Boots), Backpack: Topshop (Topshop 'Metallic' Backpack & Topshop 'Smart' Backpack) , Lips: Rebel by MAC 

As much as I wouldn't like to admit it, school is quickly approaching. I'll be having orientation from the 8th-10th, with school starting the 11th. While school is always a definite drag, dressing in something that makes you feel confident can certainly relieve a bit of the usual first day stress. Before high school, I did not have a uniform and found dressing in the same style of clothing almost tiring after two years of prep school. However, besides croissants, macaroons, and Euro travel, my school year abroad in France also brings a lack of dress code! I plan on sticking to simplistic dressing, as I do not have my entire wardrobe and minimalistic dressing is more my idea of Europe. This baby doll flower printed dress from Aritzia is the perfect back to school closet staple, which I can see myself styling with a chunky cardigan, cropped sweater, or leather jacket. To accentuate the lax vibe of the baby doll cut, I threw on an extremely oversized denim jacket from LF, which was a sale find. Score! And I of course broke out the ankle socks + chelsea boots to get the fall vibes going.

I can't believe tomorrow is my last day home! We're heading Wednesday September 3rd to Boston and I leave on Thursday night to CDG. I'm scheduling this in advance so when you see this I'll already be in France hopefully settling in! I have a few posts lined up for the first week or so that I'm here to avoid stress, however France posts will be rolling out soon enough. I am so excited to share pictures from all of my adventures and strolls. Hope y'all are well! xoxo

Update: I'm here! We just arrived yesterday I have been getting adjusting to this entirely new and exciting lifestyle, as well as the time change. I will have a post with pictures of the area up soon enough, probably in between the next outfit post. I am going to try to get some classmates to help me out with outfit posts- I can't wait to shoot some looks in the quaint city streets! Talk soon. x

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Summer's End | Snaps of Summer 2014

Recently, my friend Vivian of Style Me Endless did an end of summer round-up style post over on her blog, and I thought that it would be a wonderful post to look back on in the future! These are some of the bigger trips and things I did this summer with a few pictures from each occasion. I hope you enjoy this post! xoxo

P.S. When you'r reading this, I'll be spending my last day in America exploring Boston! And my next post will go up once I'm in France! Eeep, I can't believe I leave Thursday night. Crazy. 

grece summer post
greece summer post

Of all of my travels this summer, Greece had to be the best. Not only was the architecture extraordinary, but the food was delectable and the scenery breathtaking. We were able to explore Oia and the surrounding islands a bit, as well as see the Parthenon in Athens. At least once a year, we will take a girls only trip, which happened to be Greece this year. I had a wonderful time making memories + splitting heaps of taziki/pita with my sister and mom. 

prague summer 2014 post new

Another trip I went on was Prague with National Geographic Expeditions. I've always had an interest in photography, and this trip was perfect since it was photography focused with all day shooting + learning sessions. I was able to make a great group of friends and meet other people my age with a similar interest which was awesome. One day, my friend Katie, Chris, and I explored Kutna Hora and its beautiful forests which is something I'll never forget. We ended the trip with a photo gallery of each of our top shots which was truly an experience (and people showed up!) Also, prior to departing, I told my brother that we would see each other as he was on another trip there at the same time. And, what do you ya know? I saw him completely on a whim! 

summer concerts
summer concert pic 2014

I've always loved concerts and try to go at least one each summer since I usually can't attend ones during the school year. This summer, I went to One Direction (again) with my best friend Allison. You can see a little video I did of the concert here. I enjoyed hearing their latest album live and it was quite an adventure since we went solo, sans parents. The other concert I went to was Blake Shelton, which was a free beach concert in AC. It was complete and utter insanity. There were people there from all over, donning their best western wear. Lots of people from my hometown were there as well and it was nice catching up with all of my friends I don't see often. 

texas and missouri summer 2014 post

Two trips other trips we made were just a little bit closer to home. My brother Jon went off to college this year (tear, tear) and so I went along to move him in to his college near St. Louis. Naturally, I set up the printer and other decor because that's what I do best. We also attended a Cardinal's baseball game which was quite fun. I'm not much of a sports fan, however I can tolerate and enjoy baseball, hahah. Further south, we flew to Dallas just last week to see my sister one last time before I leave. We did what I'd call a food tour and a little shopping too. En route to dinner one night, we also saw some murals and graffiti which was neat. 

friends post text

As with each summer, I spent a lot time with my friends. From swimming in my pool to munching on Applebee's deliciousness weekly, we had loads of fun and made memories that I will cherish forever. I cannot wait to come back from France and share my experiences with them as well as make more memories with them next summer. While this school year will be a series of ups and downs, I trust that the ups will over ride the downs. I am so excited for this adventure ahead! I will truly miss all of my friends this school year (if any of y'all are reading this, je t'aime!)

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