Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Finding Peace

The 1950 Mu Beta Chapter of Chi Omega

It's that time of year again ladies: sorority recruitment. Tomorrow we'll switch out our sneakers for wedges and (hopefully) all our hard work will be paid off with some meaningful conversations, genuine introductions, and of course: NEW FRIENDS!!!! For someone who absolutely loves recruitment, this time of the year is like Christmas. I think it's the dancer in me: I'm used to grueling rehearsal schedules, but it will all pay off in the end when we get to "perform" and recruit those new friends. So on our end (without giving anything away of course!!) there's mostly been a lot of screaming and eating (we had pizza for lunch today and it almost made waking up at 7:30 this morning worth it) and generally getting excited about everything Chi O-related. Surprisingly, every day I've had boundless energy which I think is coming from being around my friends for the first time since May but also is probably somewhat attributed to the fact that I've been scarfing down 6 packs of Oreos like they're manna from Heaven. Someone get those things away from me.

Anywayyyyy I've written a post about recruitment each year since being a potential new member myself (here and here), and to continue that tradition, I thought I'd share my hopes and wishes for recruitment 2014. It's in a letter format because I think that is the best way to communicate.

Dear Potential New Member (PNM),

Welcome to your first (or maybe second or third!) sorority recruitment. I wish you the best of luck and the most interesting conversations. This is going to be a week filled with so many memories and so many emotions that it might seem overwhelming, but fear not, you are a brave and strong individual, and this experience will be what you make of it. Be yourself, smile, be genuine, and perhaps most importantly, be confident in who you are. That confidence will shine through, I promise.

I wish you zero wardrobe malfunctions. I hope you remember to eat a good breakfast and to wear lipstick. I hope you don't forget what you want to say or that you forget your name. (Hey, it happens!) I hope you don't regret wearing a Lilly dress. (honestly, you probably will. ten bucks your hall mate will show up in the same one). I wish you a clear mind and easy access to a notebook to write down notes about each house. (and thoughts and hopes and dreams!) I hope you'll look past how cute the cocktail napkins are or the color of the window treatments in the Chapter room or how many girls have Alex & Ani bracelets on. I hope you'll look for the harder things to spot: genuineness, kindness, comfortableness, a welcoming attitude. I wish you a clear conscious and an unbiased opinion.

Most of all, I wish you peace. Being in a sorority is much more about peace than it is about excitement. Sure Bid Day feels like maybe the best birthday ever ever ever and date nights always include epic dance parties, and even sitting and hanging out in the hallways at Chi O is like a little intimate fiesta, but it's the peace of mind you find from knowing that your friends have your back and you have theirs that makes pledging a sorority worthwhile. It's your home away from home. It's the place you go where you don't have to apologize for being yourself.

Good luck. Now get some sleep! 5:30 is going to come bright and early tomorrow!!!!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Style Icon: Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC)
Helen Mirren was on the Tonight Show Monday night and after watching her interview I decided that to add "become Helen Mirren" to my short list of life goals. Her wit, charm, willingness to be in a sketch with Jimmy and of course her style sense are all spot on.

Dame Helen Mirren proves that you can exude sexiness and fantastic personal style at any age. Her tea length dress with the full skirt was great, and to top it off, the coral moto jacket was unexpected and the perfect finishing touch.

If you missed Monday's episode, see part of the interview below!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

On Birks

from the May 2014 J. Crew Catalog
Before I start, I just want to go ahead and say that I am still not convinced on the socks-and-sandals front of this trend. Unless you're an Olsen twin, I'm not sure that will work.

What I like about Birkenstock sandals is the same thing I like about New Balance sneakers or baseball hats: they instantly boy up any outfit. For someone who would rather be in a dress, tomboy-ish accessories are my go-to. I really love these white ones from the May J. Crew catalog. They're fun in a monochromatic neutral look like the model is wearing above, or with cuffed denim shorts, black skinnies, or a stripy dress. Maximum comfort and minimum effort: a perfect combination of qualities in a shoe, no?

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Growing My Hair Out

Illustration by Inslee Haynes, from her blog The Sketch Book

I'm really doing it this time. Like, really. Come August I say I'm going to grow out my hair every year. I cut it short in the spring, and then I let it get almost long all summer and then I think to myself "I'm gonna let it get extra long this time around just for kicks." Come September it's all chopped off again. My hair is perpetually medium length: not quite short enough and not quite long enough.

Well no more shlumpy shoulder length locks, folks!!!!!! I'm going to condition the ends every time I shower and wait (at least) a whole semester before I get a haircut. (See above illustration for length inspiration...) Now, grow hair, grow!!!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Happy Birthday Bikini!

Grace Kelly photographed in Jamaica by Howell Conant
The bikini is the most important thing since the atom bomb. 
Diana Vreeland
It's hard to imagine a time before bikinis. There once was a period when beachwear consisted of ankle length dresses and stockings (1890s), and then scandalous, immodest swimsuits appeared in the 1920's that were still subject to strict suit regulations on beaches like West Palm Beach in Florida ("Bloomers to Bikinis: Bathing Suits Through History"). Finally on this day in 1946, French designer Louis Reard unveiled a bathing suit that would change summer forever ("Bikini Introduced").