Last day of the year and I finally give you all a post after being MIA for two months! Welp, life happens!
2016 has definitely been a whirlwind. It may have been one of the weirdest years for humanity, but it was by far one of the best years I've ever experienced.
It's so cool thinking that this time last year I was hanging out in Palm Springs, California and roaming around downtown Los Angeles taking in the sights. Obviously I did all the touristy things, but I still had a blast.
After beginning the year in California, I made my way back South to celebrate Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Watching the mini parades move throughout the French Quarter was so much fun, not to mention that ten pounds I gained while I was down there. If you;re a food, you need to get down there!
Once I returned home from all my travels, things slowed down a bit. I was still on the hunt for a job and prepping to take the GRE so I could submit applications to graduate programs. Plus, I got to dig in a bit deeper at church by serving in childrens' church regularly. Even though I was content at where I was in life, I knew I was destined for something more.
And then, it came! It was one of those scenarios where everything good happened all at once. I accepted a new job to tide me over until classes began, was invited to interview for another job out in Houston, and was admitted to my new two year grad program. And to be honest, it's only gotten better since then!
I worked all summer and saved everything I could so I could get back to Tuscaloosa for school. I mean, ya'll, I signed a lease for the first time without a guarantor, put utilities in my name, and officially moved out of my parent's house!
Once September rolled around school was in full swing. I have to admit, the transition phase was pretty hard for me to handle. I was doing everything on my own. Maintaing my own place, being financially responsible, taking advantage of all the opportunities and activities graduate school provides, and just staying sane was a lot harder than I thought it would have been. Honestly, the struggle was definitely worth it. I found out that I'm much stronger than I ever knew I could be! I took on new challenges and said "yes" for more than I ever would have in the past.
Despite 2016 being that one year we'd like to black out of the history books with a Sharpie marker, it was one heck of a year for me! So here's to 2017-- new experiences, new challenges, new adventures!
Oh, well hello there! So happy to be back on the blog again. It's a new season (literally & metaphorically) in life for me and I'm fully embracing it.
Since my last post in July, I left my most recent job, packed up everything in a U-Haul and moved back to Tuscaloosa to start working on my Master's degree. I'm so happy to have my own space again but even happier that I'm positioning myself for success!
Graduate school is in full swing and it's nothing like undergrad! I mean, I don't think I've ever read this much in my entire life. Not to mention all the outside preparation that's required. Grad school is like having a full-time job! I get to class at 8am or 9:30am and typically don't leave campus until 5pm. Overall, I'm overjoyed and wouldn't mind staying in the library all night if I had to!
As a business student, we have to dress in business casual daily. It makes total sense since we'll be in various business settings after graduation. The look above is a bit dressier than what I normally wear to class, but it's great for presentation days! You'll notice this year that my style posts will now consists of more business casual looks in addition to my everyday and Gameday looks!
I've decided that my business casual style will be a mix of my easy going style and the effortless business style of Rachel Zane (aka Meghan Markle's character on Suits). I'll be sure to link lots of options for you all down below!
Similar top options here, here, and here. Similar skirt options here, here, here, and here. Similar shoe options here and here.
Like always, be sure to follow me on social media (links are in the side bar) and here on the blog as I continue to enjoy this new phase of life! I've got a few style post coming up this week along with a travel/weekend recap post!
| bedroom |
The countdown is on! I'm moving to my new place at the beginning of August and I'm so excited!! Having lived in my own apartment since Sophomore year of college, it was awkward moving back into my childhood bedroom. I've been living out of boxes and suitcases for the past two years, but in less than a month I'll be in my own space. My new apartment isn't as fancy as my previous ones -- I had stainless steel appliances at my first place, a private balcony on the top floor of my second place, and both were less than a mile from campus. My new place is still within walking distance to campus, but it's been pre-loved by others since the 90's. It's actually more spacious than my last place and once again, your girl snagged a top floor unit!
| Living Room |
I'm still trying to figure out exactly the style I'm going for in my new place. I'm thinking clean colors and lines with a few eccentric pieces to bring the room some life! And since I only have one window in the living room and no balcony, I plan to make the area as bright as possible by using light grays and whites.
But the most exciting, yet scariest aspect of my new place is that it's a completely blank canvas for me to work with! No furnished apartment over here! I'm starting from scratch which means I have to buy SO. MUCH. FURNITURE. No one told me how expensive furniture is! Luckily, I caught the Fourth of July sales going on this past weekend and snagged this couch and the comfiest mattress set I've ever laid on. I'm still in search of bar stools, bedroom furniture (bed, dresser, chest of drawers), and a few knick knacks to liven up the place, but of course those things come with time.
| bookcase styling |
I've been scouring Pinterest multiples times a day to help me think of ways to style my new home. I love the idea of using bookcases in both the living and bedrooms. Of course they're practical, but they're also fun to style! I think I'm most excited about color-coding my book collection!
| bar cart styling |
And how cute is this bar cart? It's smaller than mosts but still holds everything! I'm definitely going to need one of these for those days that graduate school hits me hard.
There's something about this bedroom that I love but I can't quite put my finger on it. It's so simple yet so well-put together. I've never thought to use black accent pieces like lamps or a duvet cover, but this room has me re-thinking that! Plus, the artwork above the headboard is the perfect finishing touch.
| DIY TV Console |
And to keep costs down, I decided to DIY a tv console. I have an old dresser that needs a little sprucing up, so I plan to follow along with this tutorial to get it squared away over the next few weekends.
| Gallery Wall |
Continuing with DIY projects, creating a gallery wall is a must! I have so many little notes, prints, and photos from my previous travels that I plan to frame and hang to make the space feel a little more like home.
This will be a lengthy and awesome project I'll be working on over the next several months, so I'll be sure to give updates here on the blog! Have a great day!
If you didn't notice, I took a little vacation from the blog. It was much needed and a lot has happened since then! I started a new job, received some exciting news, and am in the process of prepping to move back to a familiar and exciting place. To celebrate these new adventures in life, I decided to try something new. On a whim, I decided to plant a flower! Hydrangeas to be exact. They're one of my favorites and they're great to grow during the spring and summer months.
I have anything but a green thumb. I could probably kill a succulent if I tried hard enough! Luckily, my mother is the queen of gardening and helped me out with this project. Since I chose the hydrangea, my mom suggested I use a fairly large pot to plant it in. Hydrangeas are basically bushes, so they need as much room as possible for the roots to spread when potted. Of course the size of your pot depends on your plant. If you're growing something a but smaller, find a smaller pot! Be sure to grab a bag of potting mix and flower food as well!
If your pot has punch out holes at the bottom for water drainage, go ahead and pop them out. Line the bottom of your pot with a bit of newspaper and then fill it half way with potting soil. Using a small shovel or just your hands (throw on a pair of gardening gloves if you'd like) form a small pit in the middle by moving soil towards the side.
Now, there's a trick to getting your plant out of the pot you purchased it in. You've got to wiggle and maneuver very precisely or your plant will fall apart! Once it's out in one piece, you set it in the pit you created. Take the soil you pushed to the side and push it back towards the center to cover the plant. Only stems and flowers should be visible at this point. If you're starting from a seed, you'll cover it completely!
Next, give your plant a decent amount of water and let it do its thang! And by that, I mean grow!
Anything new happening in your life? Let me know in the comments section!
Yes, the photo above is of a Chipotle burrito. This my dear friends is the first Chipotle burrito I've had in months. And to be honest, it's all because of the good Man upstairs. As most of you know, I've been in a dry season for some time now, but this week was by far the best week I've had in a very long time!
I started the week with an awesome church service. You can watch it here. Monday morning I got an email in regards to a new job opportunity and Tuesday afternoon all my accounts balanced out, allowing me to grab my chicken burrito with exact change! Come Wednesday,I finalized some major details for a few new projects I'm working on, Thursday afternoon I had an awesome job interview, and today a new blog I created with a good friend of mine went live!
All in all, this week really showed me that The Lord works everything together for good. (Romans 8:28). I've listened to a few podcasts this week that really resonated with me and struggling. Sometime God will bring you pain, hardships, and struggle just to bring you closer to Him. He doesn't hurt us because He's mean. He doesn't hurt us because He gets a kick out of it. Like the quote says, "You never know God is all you need, until God is all you have".
Struggle is real, there's no doubt about that. How we choose to handle the struggle is how we get through it! Instead of sulking about and magnifying the problem, why not give it to God? Take all your troubles and trials, lay them at the feet of The Lord, and watch Him handle it.
So, with all of that said, I hope and pray you all will have an amazing week like I recently had very soon! Remember, to always #celebratethesmallwins!
Hello, I'm Margo.
25 year old laid-back lady currently pursuing my MBA in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Just using my blog to share my growing faith, evolving style, favorite recipes, and exciting travels with you!
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