Movies I Haven't Seen But Need To

Friday, March 25, 2016

Twentieth Century Fox
Has this happened to you recently? You're talking about movies or something with your friends and suddenly it comes out that you haven't seen The Breakfast Club or Mean Girls or some other cultural-permeating, generation defining film. Cue incredulous looks and maybe a silent judgement or two, but when this happens to me I try to get a little defensive. I don't just sit around and watch movies all day, actually.

I was just reading Caroline Donofrio's very witty, very relevant blog and the post I was reading had a picture from the movie Say Anything in it. Ironically, I was also listening to Ben Rector's song "Brand New" simultaneously, which features the line "I feel like a young John Cusack/like making big mistakes." You know the famous movie scene with John Cusack holding up the boombox? I just learned it is from Say Anything. The fact that John Cusack in his movie Serendipity is one of my movie crushes should tell you that I should have seen this movie many times. Never seen it. Not even once.

In addition to Say Anything, here are a few other movies I haven't seen that I need to just marathon through the next time I don't have homework and it's a rainy day.

When Harry Met Sally
How To Steal A Million
The Princess Bride
The Dark Knight
The Philadelphia Story
An American In Paris
Steel Magnolias
The Royal Tenenbaums
Father of the Bride

What famous movies have you yet to see?
Let me know in the comments below!

Midweek Musings: Pollen & Power Laces

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Flowers blooming like crazy on North Campus

Wow haven't done one of these in a while!!! One of the elements of maintaining a blog I've found most challenging is being able to identify trends, sources of inspiration, and interesting bits of content from all corners of the Internet. Midweek Musings have always been a way to round up things that I am interested in, but I always felt bogged down giving a long winded explanation for each link. Now, I want to give YOU the tools to explore the world of The Elements of Personal Style. So midweekly, you can expect a treasure map of content #OnTheBlog.

Here we gooooo!

Just downloaded this cool photo editing app.

An old article, but I love reading about Tibi's Amy Smilovic because she was a Chi O at our chapter here at UGA! Her story is so inspirational.

10 book recommendations from Sloane Crosley. Been meaning to pick up her book, The Clasp.

If you're in the San Francisco area anytime soon, check out this Oscar de la Renta exhibit curated by André Leon Talley. I saw a similar exhibit in Savannah and it was EXCELLENT.

Power laces will now officially be made available by Nike, this time for everyone, not just Michael J. Fox.

Obsessed with this red Self Portrait dress. Can't afford it at all, I just love to look at it.

Currently reading this advertising book.

The perfect Instagram account for people who love feet selfies and cool tile.

Tried out Taziki's in Athens last week. The gyros and roasted veggies are so yummy! I recommend.

How to survive the pollen superburst this spring. Yep, it's as bad as it sounds.

A purse necessity this allergy season. Racked up on these after interning on the Kleenex team this summer. ;)

Follow up from this post: I bought an umbrella! Bring it, Georgia weather.

PS: Got to see my cousin Anne Marie in her school musical, Lewis & Clark last night. Brought back so many fun elementary school memories and Anne Marie killed it. Congrats sweet girl!

Ina Garten's Blondies Recipe

Monday, March 21, 2016

For the leadership class I am in, we are divided into groups for a service learning project. Our group (shoutout to Jake, Emmeline, Kat, and Avery... GO TEAM!) is putting together a sustainable fundraising plan for S.H.A.A.R.E. or Senior Home Assistance and Repair: a local not-for-profit that supports the elderly community here in Athens by providing assistance to those without the resources or family in town to help.

We held a percentage night at Your Pie (a favorite born-in-Athens establishment of mine) and in exchange for attending, I told my classmates I'd bring them homemade Blondies as a thank you. As a giant Ina Garten fan, I knew I had to give her world class recipe a try.

Ina Garten's Chocolate Chunk Blondies

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 15 Blondies


2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 large eggs, room temperature
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 package semisweet chocolate chunks 
1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts (optional, I left them out)


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour an 8 x 12" baking pan. 

2. With an electric mixer, blend butter, light brown sugar, and granulated sugar on high for 3 minutes. Change to low setting and add vanilla extract. Add eggs one at a time while scraping the bowl. 

3. In a small bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, and kosher salt. Slowly add flour mixture to butter mixture. Fold in chocolate chunks and walnuts with a rubber spatula. 

4. Spread the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes exactly. Don't over bake - a toothpick may not come out clean, but that's the way they're supposed to be...gooey and delicious!

Obviously these turned out amazing because they have *2* sticks of butter in them. The top was all buttery and crisp like a pastry and inside was glorious chocolatey goodness. Live while we're young, I say! Enjoy the calories while we still have high metabolisms! Ce la vie!

PS: In other important Ina news, her new cookbook is called Cooking for Jeffrey (if you don't know, Jeffrey is her husband and together they are major #RelationshipGoals) and it comes out October 25!!! Also, another decadent Ina dessert and my favorite Blondie song.

What Do You Wear To Workout?

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Karlie Kloss Photographed by Mario Testino, Vogue, July 2012
Do you find that you have a better workout when you feel like you should do a little pony tail flip when you walk into the gym? (i.e. you know you look good, girl) I do.

That being said, finding the right gym wear is a delicate balance between practicality, comfort and style. As a trained dancer, I grew up in leotards and tights and thus always found it difficult to transfer that style to regular workout clothes. Now with endless options, it's even harder to pick out what I like and what I'll feel comfortable in.

That being said, I think finding your workout wear starts with finding how you like to exercise. I juggle my workout schedule between taking classes in the community (particularly Barre, yoga, kickboxing, and dance classes), running, and swimming laps. I find it's good to have a balance of multifunctional pieces: sports bras that can double as sporty swim tops, flowy tops and leggings for dance and yoga classes, comfortable and supportive sneakers, and a headband that stays put.

I approach a workout wardrobe first from a style standpoint and then from a functionality standpoint. I love ballet-inspired pieces and just feel comfortable in pale pink and black: the uniform colors of your typical dance class. Therefore, many of my workout clothes fit into these categories first and then can be mixed and matched according to activity. Here are some of my favorite necessities for a fun and functional workout wardrobe:

One \\ Black One Piece Bathing Suit                             Two \\ Adorable Sports Bra
Three \\ Windbreaker                                                     Four \\ Ballerina Sweater
Five \\ Classic Black Leggings                                       Six \\ Good Running Shoes
Seven \\ Running Shorts                                                 Eight \\ Water Tumbler
Nine \\ Fun Workout Tank                                              Ten \\ Nike Training Club App
Eleven \\ Headband

PS: A favorite (sadly, recently inactive) workout Insta account, a review of popular workout classes, and the ballet documentary I can't wait to watch.

What piece of workout clothing can you not live without?