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Thursday, September 30, 2010

What's in my Tote?


I have been so surprised with the number of e-mails I have received with a request for me to do a "what's in your tote" type post. You asked, so here it is! This is my super summery tote (Lilly Pulitzer), I actually took this picture the first week of classes, and have recently switched to a later fall J.Crew tote, and when it is actually cold, I will switch to a brown coach messenger bag or a plain monogrammed L.L. Bean boat and tote.
I carry my ID case (R. Williams), Burberry case holds my sunglasses, sticky notes (I am obsessed), a wristlet with miscellaneous things (see picture below), Leather agenda (Gallery Leather), VV Koozie, Crystal light packet, Orbit gum, I use a make up case as a pencil case, and my CamelBak waterbottle.
This is everything that the wristlet holds: Sephora compact brush/mirror, ponytail holder, Sephora lipgloss, Dior lipgloss, Philosophy pumpkin spice lip gloss, mini Tide to go, Estee Lauder lipstick, Gold Bond lotion, and Chap Stick. Yes, I am aware I carry around 5 lip products-- but you never know!
These are my maybes. Town & Country in case I get out of class early or am waiting around but don't necessarily have enough time to do homework. Sometimes I have a magazine, sometimes it is a book, it just depends on the day. The Eloise travel mug is for coffee and tea, and the Tervis is for any other liquid. Occasionally I will carry around my iTouch, but it's most likely when I know I will be going to the library or the gym.
So there you go! That is what is in my school tote.... In case you're wondering, I DO take books, notebooks, folders, etc. to class! I just did not take a picture of them!
What do you carry around in your tote for class? Have a fabulous day!
Yours,
sCe

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Wordless Wednesday


LOVE: Here and Here
I'll take both please :)
Have a fabulous day!
Yours, 
sCe

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Lip Stain

 I am not usually one to shop around in regards to make-up. I usually stick with what I like and when I run out, I go out and buy the exact same product to replace the used up one. However, I had seen the Just Bitten lip stain commercials by Revlon and have always been curious about using a lip stain, so I took the plunge and I am very happy I did ( I was not payed or compensated in any way, this is just because I think this product is worth reviewing!).
Here are the pros:
 - Love that it has the lip balm on one end so your lips don't feel so dry, although sometimes I skip the balm and just add a little lip gloss over top of the stain.
- The maker-like applicator is so easy to use and evenly distributes color
- the $8.99 price tag


And for the cons:
-You don't get much of the product because of the lip balm at the one end. Covergirl offers one without the lip balm and I think I'll be trying that one next time.
- The color is very pigmented when you first apply it to your lips (I guess for some this could be a pro)  so I find dabbing it on my lips and then rubbing it in with my finger makes the color look more subtle.
-There are not many colors to choose from, and of course since it is drug store make-up, there are no "testers" to see what the colors will look like on you.


All in all I really do love this product and will definitely be purchasing another lip stain in the future. I got the Twilight shade because it looked to be the best shade for me, and I really like the shade on my lips. Has anyone tried a lip stain that they love? If you've tried Just Bitten, do you like it? Have a fabulous day!
Yours,
sCe

Monday, September 27, 2010

Coast Apparel Giveaway Winner

The winner of the Coast Apparel Giveaway is Jeannie from Que Sera Sera!!!!!!! Congratulations!! Thank you to all of those who entered!
Jeannie, please contact me at summerwind41490@gmail.com to claim your prize!!!

And the Christmas Countdown Begins!

Three months until Christmas (well Saturday actually started the countdown!). So every month from now until Christmas I will be posting a little something to get you in the mood! Hey, ya gotta start sometime, right? This month it is a clip from the Today Show from 2008. It is Harry Connick Jr. and his beautiful 11 year old daughter singing Walking in a Winter Wonderland. It is such a cute clip! Enjoy!
Yours,
sCe

Friday, September 24, 2010

OOTD


Here is an outfit of the day that I wore to class last week.The skirt is actually from Gap Kids when I was a kid and it still fits! I LOVE the top which is from Eddie Bauer.
Have a fabulous weekend!
Yours,
sCe
**Don't forget to enter my Coast Apparel Giveaway! It ends Sunday at midnight!! Also, 25% off using the code "summerwind" at checkout!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

How To?

I thought since today was the start of my school's sorority recruitment, I'd post my own tips on how to dress up a t-shirt. Of course, there is only so much "dressing up" you can do with a t-shirt! This is not only for girls in sororities but anyone in any organization that needs to wear a t-shirt to spread the word about their organization. As many of my long time readers no, I rarely, if ever, wear gymwear or sweats to class, however, I do wear sorority letters and t-shirts when we are supposed to (which is practically everyday during recruitment season!). With that said, I don't pair my sorority t-shirts with gym shorts or sweatshirts and wear my hair in a pony tail (except when actually going to the gym!). I always try to make this type of casual outfit look as put together as possible.

Sorry about the fuzziness of this picture! Here I paired my sorority letters with Banana Republic seersucker shorts, a double strand of pearls, pearl earrings and a bow in my hair. This look is still casual but much more put together looking than just wearing the t-shirt with running shorts and tennis shoes.
Sorry again about the fuzziness. This is one of our recruitment shirts that my wonderful roommate designed (isn't she talented?!). It is a navy-blue v-neck t-shirt with a little bit of pink and white. Here, I paired this shirt with a Vineyard Vines pink seersucker skirt, pearls, and a bow headband.
Do you try and dress up your t-shirts when you have to wear them? I would love to hear your tips! Have a fabulous day!
Yours,
sCe
**Don't forget to enter my Coast Apparel Giveaway! It ends Sunday at midnight!! Also, 25% off using the code "summerwind" at checkout!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Equestrian Adventures

Before I went back to school, my high school bffs and I decided that it would be so much fun to go horseback riding. I love riding and haven't gone in years so it was so much fun to go with all of my bffs! It was a beautiful night and we rode while the sun was setting! Here are some pictures from the fun night!
me and eFm in front of so many bails of hay!


eFm, dSc, and I

Me literally riding into the sunset!

me and eFm



On our horses!


The whole time we were looking for a tractor because we thought of the song "Big Green Tractor", however, we only found a red one. But we still took a picture!

Do you ever go riding? I forgot how much I loved it and cannot wait to go back! We are most definitely doing this more often. It is such a great thing to do with girlfriends or it would be such a cute date idea! Have a fabulous day!
Yours, 
sCe
**Don't forget to enter my Coast Apparel Giveaway! It ends Sunday at midnight!! Also, 25% off using the code "summerwind" at checkout!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

"Do you remember, the 21st night of September?"



Thought it was fitting to share one of my absolute favorite songs with you today, the 21st of September... September by Earth Wind and Fire. I have loved this song for as long as I can remember. It is such a fun song, and makes anyone want to get up and dance! Have a fabulous 21st of September!
Yours,
sCe

**Don't forget to enter my Coast Apparel Giveaway! It ends Sunday at midnight!! Also, 25% off using the code "summerwind" at checkout!

Monday, September 20, 2010

GIVEAWAY: Coast Apparel: Where taking it easy is serious business!


I am SO excited to be featuring Coast Apparel for today's post. I am one lucky girl because Coast sent me a big package of things that boys and girls should BOTH own (and how cute is that box?!)! Not only am I in love with every single thing they sent me, but I am also in love with their motto: "Where taking it easy is serious business". For a little background about the brand, click here. Their website says,
"Our clothing lines are designed to take you back to the coast: in your heart, in your mind and on your back. They are comfortable and elegant in their cut, style and feel. It is our desire that when you put on a piece of COAST apparel, it will ignite some of your fondest memories and place you in a coastal state of mind no matter where you are."
There is no doubt about it that the cut of their clothing is perfect. They are my new  go-to company for polos, that's for sure. They sent me two of their Winyah polos (this was their first product!) and I can't say enough positive things about these shirts.
The cut of the polo is longer than other polos I have tried, but this is definitely a good thing. The sleeves are the perfect length and are definitely flattering. I find that a lot of other women's polos have longer sleeves and while I don't mind that, these sleeves are definitely a better option. I have several pictures with both polos. First I did a casual, "trendier" look pairing the polo with denim shorts. I really love this look and wore it to a sorority meeting. While at the meeting, a lot of people asked me what the crab logo was because they thought it was so cute.
Then, I paired the pink polo (cosmo pink) with a Lilly skirt and wore this outfit to class.The pink was a perfect match to that in the skirt. I find that my Ralph Lauren polos err on the shorter side and so when I try to tuck them into my bottoms, they easily become un-tucked. With the Winyah polo, there is plenty of length and stretch so it is great for tucking into bottoms.
For sizing I usually wear a small in most tops, but sometimes order a size up if I want a looser, more casual fit. For these polos, I got a small and they fit perfectly. I would say that they are true to size.
Next, they sent me the fleece vest in navy. I am in LOVE with this vest. This is so perfect for fall and winter weather. I got a medium in the vest and it definitely fits. I've got plenty of room for a heavy sweater to put underneath but when wearing a tighter shirt, the vest doesn't look to large at all. This is another true to size garment, but I would order up if you want to fit a chunky sweater underneath.
I haven't worn this out yet, because it is still too warm here, however, I'm sure in the next few weeks I will be reaching for this. I paired with a navy blue and white striped turtleneck and am loving this look. In the winter you could add a jacket over the vest for more warmth, but for fall, you could wear it as is and be warm! It has a zip pocket on the left chest and says Coast in small blue writing. I am loving the fact that they don't over-do with their logo. It's the perfect size. My favorite part is that their crab logo is stitched on the back of the collar! The quality is just right. The fleece is soft and there is plenty of pockets.The best part of this fleece vest is the price. It is $89.50 which is great because if you compare it to an outdoor company such as Patagonia or North Face, their fleece products are almost double the price of the Coast vest. 
With the vest, I would wear the Coast Cap. Mine is pink! I am a big hat wearer while at school because sometimes when I don't have enough time to style my hair, I just put a hat on. Or I especially love it when I go to the gym and don't have time to shower before grabbing dinner, I just put a hat on and it makes me look a  little more put together. 
I love when guys wear white hats and at $20, this would make a great gift for a guy. 
Last but not least they sent me a koozie! I might as well tell you all that I have a slight hoarding issue with koozies.. not really but I collect them, and I am so glad to have added this one to my collection!
So, now it is your chance to put a Winyah polo in your closet! All you have to do is:
-Head over to Coast's website (http://www.coastapparel.com/) and leave a comment with your favorite item! Also, be a follower of Summer Wind! (1 entry, mandatory)

For extra entries:
-Blog about this giveaway and add the link in the comment (3 entires)
-Add this giveaway to your sidebar (2 entires)
-Tweet about this giveaway (1 entry)

For all of you beautiful readers, Coast Apparel is offering 25% off your total purchase from www.coastapparel.com when you enter the promo code: summerwind 

Please leave a separate comment for each entry! Good luck to you all and have a fabulous day!
Yours,
sCe

Friday, September 17, 2010

wCm: Never, Never, Never, Never Give Up

This post is definitely of a sadder, more somber tone, so do not read if you get saddened easily.

Several months ago my grandfather passed away. I could ever write a post that would remotely do him and his life justice because he was one of the greatest men I will ever know. I am so extremely blessed that he was in my life for 20 years. I did a post on my grandparents almost an entire year ago, you can read it here.  Originally, I was not going to do a post about this, not because he doesn't deserve a post, but because it is very difficult to talk about someone who you loved so much passing away. I know that nothing I write will ever truly capture the love I have for him. So why a post now? My sister, Callie, has a Polyvore and she updates hers a lot. Her Polyvores are really great and inspiring. I was just looking at her newest Polyvores last night and came across this one:

Callie did not tell me she made a polyvore about him. This collage embodies my grandpa in so many ways, and as soon as I saw it, I realized I had tears in my eyes. Callie and I are very close as sisters, but we are very different as well. Callie is much more quiet and reserved, where I am very outgoing. Seeing this and how many memories are in this one, tiny, little, minute corner of the internet, created by my own sister, not only makes me so proud to call her my sister, but I am so glad that she remembers him just as I do.

My daddy's side of the family. Grandpa is the third one from the left in the gray sport coat. 

To kind of explain the collage: My grandfather was like a sponge when it came to the news. He read every newspaper known to man and when the TV was on, it was always Fox news. He drank a dry Manhattan once a day and ever since I can remember, if you asked me what's in a Manhattan, I could tell you. 

He pretty much always wore khaki pants, boat shoes and a button down shirt (either Brooks Brothers or Ralph Lauren). When it was cold outside, he added a v-neck or cardigan sweater. He fought for our country, he loved anything to do with history, and most of all he loved my sister and I so much.  He was a loving husband to my grammie, a great father to my aunt, uncle, and dad, and he was the greatest grandfather to not only his grandchildren, but all of the children that he ever came into contact with. He was involved in many charitable and philanthropic organizations like the Shriners, and would do anything to make the lives of children better. 

The glasses in the polyvore are funny to me because he used to wear large bifocal glasses, and whenever he took them off, Callie would always try them on and she looked SO funny in them. The cookie crisp is representative of whenever we would stay over at their house. My grammie and grandpa would have "unhealthy" cereal just for us because we weren't allowed to eat it at home. 

The hat is because my grandparents have a convertible and he would always wear a polo hat when the top was down or whenever we were on the boat at the lake house. 

Last but not least, the song that plays on the polyvore is Scotland the Brave on the bagpipes. My dad's side of the family is of Scottish heritage and the bagpipes were played at his funeral. Every year our family attends a Scottish festival, and my dad wears a kilt every year on Christmas Eve. 

Grammie, Daddy, Grandpa, Mother @ the Christmas Ball at the country club

Dictionary.com defines a gentleman as "a civilized, educated, sensitive, or well-mannered man". My grandfather was all of that and so much more. I can thank him for all of the manners that I know. I can thank him for teaching me all about diamonds and jewelry (he was in the diamond business for many years). I can thank him for helping me grow into a respectable young lady.

 
Baby version of me, and Grandpa

My grandfather was sick for quite some time because when he was younger, he smoked (DO NOT SMOKE!). He had breathing problems for several years until his body finally gave in. While he was in the hospital, a Winston Churchill quote was hung on his bulletin board that said: "Never, never, never, never give up". He really did never give up. I am a person that is big on quotes. Here are several quotes that I read very often and when I do, I think of my grandpa. If you have ever lost a loved one, I hope these quotes will help you to remember them.


"Death is nothing at all.
I have only slipped away to the next room.
I am I and you are you.
Whatever we were to each other,
That, we still are.

Call me by my old familiar name.
Speak to me in the easy way
which you always used.
Put no difference into your tone.
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.

Laugh as we always laughed
at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me. Pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word
that it always was.
Let it be spoken without effect.
Without the trace of a shadow on it.

Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same that it ever was.
There is absolute unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of mind
because I am out of sight?

I am but waiting for you.
For an interval.
Somewhere. Very near.
Just around the corner.

All is well."


“Love is stronger than death even though it cannot stop death from happening, no matter how hard death tries, it cannot separate people from love. It cannot take away our memories either. In the end, love is stronger than death.”

I am truly sorry if this post has saddened or upset anyone. It was simply meant to pay respect and remember my grandfather. With that being said, remember your lost loved ones today, and don't be saddened, but just remember them and how great they were and how incredibly lucky you were to have known them.

Yours,
sCe

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Fall Wardrobe Staples

For fall, I know I can always count on certain pieces of clothing to take me right into fall and then right into winter. I call them my fall staples. They are timeless, well made and a must have for all college students, and beyond! Here is a list of what I consider to be my "staples":
  • Ralph Lauren Oxford Shirts- I have every color, and also several stirped, and several gingham. I also find that Brooks Brothers does a nice slimfit oxford as well but only have a few of them. These are perfect with denim, colored chinos, corduroys, layered under sweaters, vests, etc. You can dress them up or down. They never go out of style and they wash well. Sometimes I get mine in the boy's section in size 14 because they are cheaper. They are a little boxier, but they give off the boyfriend look which is "in" right now.
  • Brooks Brothers Cardigan and Shell- You really cannot go wrong with a sweater set. You can wear them separately or paired together. Black, Navy, and Camel are the best to have because they are neutral and can be paired with anything. If you can, invest in a cashmere sweater set, you will get your money's worth of wear for sure!
  • Quilted Jacket- I have 3 (I know, a little excessive). A brown one from Talbots Kids, a Teal one from Vineyard Vines and a black one from Ralph Lauren. The teal was a stretch, but it looks great with dark denim. The brown was purchased because I got a steal of a deal and the black was purchased because it is well made and practical. Burberry and Barbour are the leaders in quilted jackets, however you can get a really nice one from L.L. Bean and Lands End for a lot less and even equal or greater quality.




  • Cable knit crew-neck sweater- I like Ralph Lauren because they seemed to fit the best for me. However, I own two Lilly Pulitzer ones that are nice, but they fit more boxy and large than the RL one's do. I have them in wool, cashmere, and cotton. They are perfect with skirts, pants, and shorts and can be worn over your shoulders, under a down vest or jacket, or over top of something with a collar such as a polo or oxford. I also find that they go well with turtlenecks when it gets really chilly out.







  • Riding Boots- Black or Brown work. These are great because they can be dressed up or down and can make a "frumpy" outfit look instantly put together. Always wear them with your pants, leggings, or tights tucked into the boot. There are so many brand options, I actually don't even know where mine are from, my mother got them for me for Christmas one year. Again, you can't go wrong with L. L. Bean or Lands End. Even PiperLime has cute boots sometimes and Frye is definitely a good choice.



    • L.L. Bean Duck Boots- I hate rain boots so these are a must have for me. I like them in the moc style so I can wear them with most types of pants. Several companies offer this style of shoe and I am usually never too picky about brands, but for this particular item, to me, L.L. Bean is the only way to go. 

      All of these along with a good headband, scarf, and pearls are really all you need to get you into fall! What are your wardrobe staples for fall? Have a fabulous day!
      Yours,
      sCe

      Wednesday, September 15, 2010

      Dooney and Bourke

      I have never been a fan of Dooney and Bourke. However, my mother has a vintage D&B purse that I have been in love with since the age of 15. Usually, D&B reminds me of 13 year old girls that carry the colorful monogrammed wrist-lets, and to me, that is just what I generally associate D&B with. While I think they are great for a young teen or pre teen, I have rarely found a D&B bag with the exception of my mothers that I actually like. I can't say this any longer. D&B has a line called the commemorative all weather leather and I am absolutely obsessed with every single one of the handbags. These handbags look so similar to the one my mother has and I can honestly say that I think each handbag is just gorgeous. If you haven't checked them out, they are definitely worth it! Here are my top three favorite styles:
       Bucket Bag $295








      Satchel $245
      They have 9 different color combos to choose from too! My favorites are black, ivory, and ivy. Have you seen these bags? Do you love them? I am definitely pinning for the satchel. Have a fabulous day!
      Yours, 
      sCe

      **Also, check out the sidebar to the top right and you will notice that a new company, Coast and Canter is offering free shipping through Wednesday, September 22, 2010 to all  of my readers. Just enter SUMMERWIND at checkout! I will be doing a post highlighting this brand very soon, so look out for that. The owner is a friend of a friend, so shop till you drop! 


      Tuesday, September 14, 2010

      Fall Favorites

      There really isn't much that I don't love about the fall season. Here is my list of Fall Favorites (I did this post last year as well!)
      • Riding boots and duck boots
      • Hot beverages whether it be green tea, coffee, latte, apple cider, hot chocolate, etc. I love them all, especially pumpkin spice lattes from Starbucks!
      • Down vests. I love pairing a down vest with a turtleneck sweater. So cozy but it looks great too!
      • The colorful trees. Lucky for me, my campus has a beautiful arboretum that is so beautiful in the fall; It's great to take a brisk jog throughout just to enjoy the trees.
      • Sunglasses. I love wearing sunglasses at this time even more than I do in summer or winter. I don't really have a reason, but I just love them a little more.
      • College Football and Steeler Sundays. Go Steelers!! Roll Tide!!
      • October is BCA for our sorority which is for breast cancer awareness. We do a ton of philanthropy and fun things to really support this great cause. My favorite is the 5k.
      • Pumpkin flavored anything! I love anything with a pumpkin scent, or pumpkin muffins, or pumpkin bread, or pumpkin spice lattes. They are all so yummy to me!
      • Homecoming, for my college and for my high school. Since my sister is still in high school, I love when she sends me pictures of her all dressed up ready to go to the homecoming dance. Or going home for a Friday night football game so I can watch my fellow cheerleaders! And of course, the best, Homecoming at my school!
      • Season premieres of shows! I love love love Grey's anatomy and Gossip girl!
      • Getting cozy under tons of warm blankets, my favorite being a down throw from the Company Store
      • Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas... These are the best holidays in my mind!
      • Late nights in the library. Ok, so maybe I don't love spending late nights in the library, but I love the sense of accomplishment I feel after working hard and getting all of my homework and studying done!
      • My Patagonia Retro X Fleece, hands down the best fleece jacket! I own mine in a deep reddish color and it matches practically everything! 
      • Driving gloves, I have cashmere lined ones from RL that I absolutely love! 
      • Tartans, tweeds, corduroy, fleece, wool, and cashmere. 
          • And last but not least, brisk mornings and evenings but with afternoons where the sun shines so warm and bright! What are your fall favorites? Have a fabulous day! 
            Yours, sCe

            Monday, September 13, 2010

            Winner and OOTD

            The winner of the Sixth Alice giveaway is: Preppy Perfection!!!!! Congratulations!!! E-mail me at summerwind41490@gmail.com in the next 48 hours to claim your win!
            Next on the agenda is finally my first day of class outfit. Even though this is my third week of classes (where does all the time go?!) I still have yet to post it, so here it is!
            My dress is Ralph Lauren and my espadrilles are Tommy Hilfiger. This dress is definitely one of my favorites. I bought in over the summer and had to have some self control not to wear it until my first day of classes. Now it's put away for fall, but I cannot wait to wear it again sometime next summer!

            Did anyone watch the VMA's last night? I had so much work to get done but I kept it on in the background... who do you think was best dressed? I loved the set, I thought it was so creative and pretty. I still wish Taylor Swift would have won the award for best female video-- I just love her! 

            This past weekend was also a GREAT weekend for football. All of my favorite teams won-- so happy about that! Did all of your favorite teams win?!

            Have a fabulous Monday!
            Yours,
            sCe

            Saturday, September 11, 2010

            I Remember September 11, 2001


            Nine years ago today, is a day in which I will remember for the rest of my life.I remember sitting in my third period class in sixth grade, it was a gorgeous, sunny day. It was the very beginning of the period and all of the sudden, the principal came over the loudspeaker. He explained to us that a plane had just crashed into the World Trade Center. I remembering not having a clue what was going on. The class started to talk and the teacher didn't really make a big deal out of it and class resumed as normal. Then, there was another announcement shortly after the first saying that another plane had hit. I was extremely confused, so therefore, panic didn't really set in. Then, as the day went on, I can remember, all of the TVs were on in every classroom. I knew something was up because teachers never used the TV to watch actual live TV. Some teachers would talk to us about it, some teachers were very upset, and a lot didn't even bring it up.

            I remember thinking to myself that I had been to NYC only a few months prior to visit my aunt and uncle who live and work in the city. We had actually stayed in the Marriott in the World Trade Center and not even two months had passed since then.

            As the day went on, class became so interrupted with the phone ringing. Students were getting called out of school and by the end of the day, I doubt there were many students still at school. I remember my mom picking me up from school and I'm not sure what the conversation was but I remembering walking in the door to my house and seeing my dad at the TV. The screen was filled with saddening images. There was video of people jumping out of windows- these images I will have burned into my memory forever now.

            I also remember being afraid because one of the planes had hit in Shanksville, PA. If you haven't been reading my blog, I am from Pittsburgh, PA and Shanksville is southeast of Pittsburgh and very close to where we ski every winter. Growing up, we had a mountain house that was a short drive away from Shanksville.

            I remember my parents telling me that my Aunt was staying at the Mariott in the WTC. I remember my dad taking phone calls often to see if my Aunt could somehow get to my other Aunt and Uncle who live in NYC. Looking back on it now, I can't imagine being in that situation, especially when the city is so foreign.

            All in all, what I am trying to say is to remember this day. Remember it in its entirety because you were alive to witness this infamous day. Remember that because of this day, close to 3,000 innocent lives were lost. They were someones mother, father, sister, husband, wife, brother, aunt, uncle, best friend, mentor, grandparent, etc. Because of the hate that some people can carry for others, close to 3,000 children lost parents. Even though it was nine years ago, the event impacted every US citizen in one way or another. Soon, it will have happened 20 years ago, then 30 and 40 years will pass but you can't let the years erase this day. 

            We are so lucky to live in the USA and I can speak for myself when I say that sometimes I take it for granted. Take a moment today to stop everything and give thanks to God, Allah, Buddah or whatever you may believe in. Be thankful for the life you live in the United States of America.

            Even though I walk 
            through the valley of the shadow of death,
            I will fear no evil, 
            for you are with me; 
            your rod and your staff, 
            they comfort me. 
            Psalm 23:4
            God Bless America, 
            sCe

            Friday, September 10, 2010

            College Neccessities: Lap Desk


            For 2 years, I have been using a throw pillow to put underneath my laptop. Clearly, I've needed a lap desk! Luckily I found this great website called Room It Up a few weeks ago, and it is perfect for me and any other college student! The wonderful customer service at Room It Up offered me a lap desk in the pretty bright bloom pattern to review. 
            This lap desk is perfect. I love that is plenty big to write on and set my laptop on, but it's not too big which makes it easy to store away when it is not in use. I also absolutely love that it has a cup holder. When you are in your dorm room, you rely a lot on your bed for sitting purposes and I frequently sit on my bed with my laptop or a book and notebook. Therefore, if you don't have another surface around, you end up sticking your water bottle right on your bed which can cause a mess. Since this has a cup holder, I can put my drink right in the cup holder and not worry about it tipping over onto my bed, computer, or notebooks.
            The bright bloom print is my favorite print because it is vibrant and colorful, but they have so many other options. My second pick would definitely be the leopard print!

            I am also in love with the fact that you can get so many different accessories in all of the same print. For example I could get a messenger bag, train case, pencil case, wallet, passport cover, and umbrella all to match my lap desk!
            Any of the items on Room It Up's website would be great to add to a care package. For me, a lap desk was definitely something I didn't think I needed, but it really makes studying a lot easier. This is also great for college students because everything on this website is so inexpensive. The lap desk is only $30 (in my bookstore, they start at $40) and a spa wrap is only $22!
            A big thank you to Room It Up for giving me the chance to review their lap desk!  I hope you all have a fabulous day!
            Yours,
            sCe
            **Don't forget to enter my Sixth Alice Giveaway! It ends Sunday at midnight!!! 

            Wednesday, September 8, 2010

            Prof

            Pandora Radio

             I think Pandora Radio is something that most anyone can appreciate. I had heard about it 3 years ago during my senior year in high school and never really used it until I got to college. Now I don't go a day without using it. Of course they have a certain hour usage a month limit, however, I've never actually reached the limit. I think the best thing that I use Pandora for is studying. I say this because I usually study with quiet music, but I definitely cannot study to the Top 40 list, and making a good play-list on iTunes takes time and effort. Therefore, I usually go for a classical station on Pandora, and I'm set. I also love it for background music when I am just hanging out in my dorm room. As I write this post, I'm listening to a Steve Tyrell station that I love.
            I also love Pandora because if I forget my iPod when going to the gym, I can just use the Pandora app on my Blackberry and plug in my headphones and I am set to workout! Do any of you use Pandora? What are your favorite stations? Here are my absolute top favorites:
            • Steve Tyrell
            • Frank Sinatra
            • David Gray
            • Diana Krall
            • Coldplay
            • David Benoit
            • Dave Matthews Band
            • Norah Jones
            • Taylor Swift
            • Kesha
            • Kings of Leon
            Have a fabulous day!
            Yours,
            sCe

            **Don't forget to enter my Sixth Alice Giveaway! It ends Sunday at midnight!!! 

            Tuesday, September 7, 2010

            Ballerina

            I know it is only September but I have been brainstorming Halloween costumes. This year I have decided that one night I am going to dress as a ballerina. This will be such an easy and inexpensive costume because I already have most of what I need for the costume. All I need are some new ballet shoes that can be purchased at Target and a tutu. I already have a black leotard from my dancing days, already have white tights from my dancing days, and I even have a cream and pastel pink ballet wrap sweater that I used to wear to ballet. I don't even know why I hadn't thought of this costume before! Here are some cute "adult" tutus that are appropriate, and somewhat modest.
            This one is from Forever 21 and only comes in black so I would need to purchase a new light pink leotard, but this tutu is just too cute!
            This one is also from Forever 21 and I love that it is long and not sheer at all. However, this pink seems a bit too dark. I am going for the very pale pink look!
            I am loving the look of a real ballet shoe, however, I think I might try to find something that is actually a shoe with a hard sole so my feet are warm and protected!
            This is very close to a leotard that I already own except mine is black. I think it will look just darling with a pale pink skirt, hair in a bun, white tights, and pink or black ballet shoes and my wrap sweater! What do you think of this costume idea? I feel as though girls always try to take the risque route when shopping for Halloween costumes, but I like to be warm, comfortable, and still cute, without looking like something I am most definitely not! Do you have any fabulous Halloween ideas up your sleeve? Have a fabulous day!
            Yours,
            sCe

            **Don't forget to enter my Sixth Alice Giveaway! It ends Sunday at midnight!!!