mid-vacay update

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I don’t have a real “topic” or anything for today’s post, but simply wanted to stop by and say hey and thank you for all the love + support that I got last week posting my first vlog! I had tons of fun filming it and can’t wait to put up some more for you all soon! I am in the works of finding a vlogging camera that is slightly more *high tec* than my iPhone, lol. Any and all recommendations are greatly appreciated!

Also wanted to hop on here to talk about what I am up to this week! My little brother is 12 years old and has a baseball tournament at the Dreams Park in Cooperstown, NY! They’re currently ranked 38th in the whole thing so fingers crossed for some good luck, real tournament play starts today! We got into Cooperstown on Saturday night after exploring even further upstate in Saratoga Springs with my friend from school at her house! It happened to be opening day at the races and so we dressed up and headed out to watch a few. Truly was so much fun and I’d love to go again in the future! We explored downtown Saratoga that night and hit up a Mexican place for din, wasn’t complaining at ALL about that one! The next morning we headed out to their lake house on Canada Lake which was beyond gorgeous. I will forever be a lake>beach girl and that little day trip completely confirmed why. I don’t think I’ll ever get over the skylines of mountains of trees while out on the water.

My cousin Sammy gets here Friday and we will be off to NYC then! I am BEYOND excited and would love love love any recommendations of food places to xoxoallisonnicole@gmail.com ! Also, as always, you’re more than welcome to hit up my email to chat or discuss anything and everything!

Until next time, xoxo, Ally

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FIRST EVER VLOG

I have been putting this off for oh I don’t know, literally forever. But I FINALLY got around to vlogging and had an absolute BLAST with the editing process so expect more to come!!!! I plan on vlogging my New York trip which will include a lot more fun content than me in my car. But, you all asked, so you shall receive: a week in the life with me!

Make sure to subscribe to my channel and like / leave a comment on this blog post or the video if you liked it!

Until next time! xoxo, Ally

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Mid-Summer Catchup

Hey Friends! Back again after what has seemed like a never-ending week. I have been working all four (yes, I’m aware I’m slightly psychotic in terms of being busy) jobs non-stop this week and when I find time to breathe I’ve been busy cleaning my room before I leave for vacation or trying to run when I can. I may be the weirdest for this, but running outside in the extreme heat is like crazy therapeutic for me. From the few friends I’ve shared this with, I’m for sure crazy, but it feels so much more beneficial and well, sweaty than just a regular run around the block! ANYWAYS, I thought I’d share a few things I’ve been up to lately!

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Farmer’s market runs with my bean Brenna! & flowers in general! I’m convinced it’s from growing up a dancer and being pretty used to the frequent post-recital flowers, but I am the BIGGEST flower lover and will buy them over my daily coffee any day. Having fresh ones in my room is so nice and I think my roomie Brooke and I are going to try to make having them in our room constantly a goal this year!
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Speaking of farmer’s market finds, macrons! This was a dark chocolate one that I think I fell in love with. I’m a frequent fan of Trader Joe’s macrons as well, but am always open to new suggestions. DYING to learn to make them one day, as tricky as it sounds!

IMG_9261.PNGMy friends from school and I hit the lake the week of the 4th and spent a night watching storms and giggling over the Instagram explore page. Speaking of the 4th, my cousins and I had our annual get together and my bestie cousin Sammy and I were water balloon toss parters per usual. Don’t think we’ve ever actually won, but ask us who wins and we will always claim we’re the reigning champs ūüėČ Sammy is coming to NYC with me too and I’m beyond stoked!

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Next week is my last week at my summer internship ūüė¶ We had a cute little breakfast farewell for me today and it was the sweetest! Definitely going to miss all my “work friends” and all the picture taking and spreadsheet typing I spend my time doing!

That’s all for now! Have a great rest of your Friday!

Until next time, xoxo, Ally

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xo summer playlist

I wish there was a “Manic Monday” song for Friday’s, because I need that right about now, ha. I’ve had a nasty mix of allergies and a cough that has been keeping up at night and my bed was THE most comfortable thing this morning. Nevertheless, I am at work and emailing away! I’ve been meaning to get this post up for awhile, apologies for my
“summer” playlist going up halfway through summer (over halfway for myself but I’m pretending not to think about that haha!)¬†I’ve compiled a few songs I have been loving & my sisters and I have been driving to! Something about summer makes me that annoying girl that likes country music & yes I never say that out loud but…oh well, oops.

Enjoy!! I’ll be enjoying (???) the 101 degree temps today in Omaha…ugh! love to hate the heat! haha until next time pals, xoxo, Ally

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Friday Finds 6/22/18

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{one} TGIF!!! This week has been crazy busy (but when are they not?!)¬†and I am FAR more than ready for a relaxing pre-birthday weekend! My birthday is Monday the 25th and I am stoked to use it as an excuse to eat ice cream for every meal (as if I haven’t done this already on a regular day, lol.)

{two} I wish it was summer year-round solely so I could wear delicate white tops/dresses whenever I would like. This one is no exception! For under $40 I may or may not be adding this to my wishlist…or cart…same thing right?

{three} It’s been cloudy and rainy here all week which, naturally, makes me think I¬† *N E E D* these. Another pair of rainboots? Duh. One’s with dogs under umbrellas? Uh, heck yeah.

{four}¬†If there is one thing I am dead seriously the WORST at walking away from, it’s statement earrings. Target is my worst enemy, along with the Nordstrom website. Kate did a post with 32 of her favorites and I am using every ounce of self-control I have not to buy them all. Especially this beaded pair and these gorgeous cream ones!

{five} So I am DYING to hit up the DryBar while I am in NYC in late July. & by dying I mean i NEED to or I may throw a times square tantrum. This video didn’t help how badly I need to go!!!

{six} You betcha I was that middle schooler that was in LOVE with Abercrombie back in the day, and lowkey have never gotten over that phase. Their EVERYTHING is so soft and such good quality and their styles have been impressing me like crazy lately! Their dresses specifically. Here are a few I love: tie-shoulder , embroidered smock , and this darling satin slip dress! Those white and blue flowers!!!!

{seven} I know that social media is highly excessive and energy draining with how much work is invoved in a good post lately…but if you’re like me and neverfailing to give into the hype. This Everygirl article on Insta Stories is SUCH a best kept secret.

{eight} Did you see my post earlier this week on staying un-stressed?! I’ve gotten an awesome response rate and am SO glad I am not the only one feeling this way in the summer!!!

{nine} Once again, I REALLY want to get into vlogging and get some video content up on the blog…but my days seem, well, boring. I’m either in my cubicle or babysitting kiddos all day. The kids are hilarious all on their own and I’m sure would be very entertaining…but aren’t really up to vlogging, or staying still for more than 5 seconds for that matter, ha! However, I have been doing lots of intern updates on my insta, so make sure to follow over at @xoxoallisonnicole ! Debating on doing a little birthday weekend video though! Stay updated for content on that! Would you guys like to see college videos?! Leave a comment and let me know!!!

{ten} MOOD!

Until next time, xoxo, Ally

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Staying Sane This Summer

If there comes a time where I don’t start a blog post talking about how I’m so sorry I haven’t posted in forever because of how busy I am…honestly although that’s the goal, I think we should all be a little worried. I thrive off of staying occupied and involved 24/7 and this summer is no exception! I am having a blast and a half at my digital marketing and advancement internship at my high school this summer, getting my own cubicle, camera, and Instagram login (the whole 9 yards and I am totally geeking out, lol.)¬†¬†In addition to that, I am nannying here and there, an!d working at my restaurant job during nights and weekends. Oh, and keeping up with all Panhellenic needs via email 24/7. Needless to say, I am also finding time to sleep and eat somewhere in there!!! I’ve quickly developed a few habits that are allowing me to get everything I need to do while still not losing my mind! Although, that admittedly has happened a few times due to an unexpected dead camera battery or a 2-year old that is so overdue for a nap!

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LEAVE¬† WORK AT WORK!!!!¬†With two of my jobs being highly social media and online communication based, this one can sometimes be tough. However, I have come to realize that minus a few small tasks here and there, there really is nothing that was assigned Friday at 10pm that can’t wait until Monday morning at 8am when I return to my cubicle to accomplish. Learning to let go of my to-do list can be hard when in the digital age we live in, things can be requested of you at a moment’s notice via text and I can get notified that I need to edit something at 6pm on a Saturday night, but it’s wild how the world keeps spinning if instead, I stick to my weekend plans if the task means going out of my way to go back into a “work” mindset. I’ve learned I get so much more done during the workday if I know that’s the only time I am allowing myself to do so! This habit works best if you make sure you inform those you work with that this is your schedule as well. Most people are happy to respect it, as long as you make them aware it’s still on your to-do list and you are hearing their request!

Morning “Fuel Up”!!!!¬†I used to be a HUGE morning person in high school. Like, up a good hour before I needed to leave for morning dance team practice, full hot breakfast cooked, coffee drank and lunch packed all before 6am kind of morning person. No clue what college did to my body or mindset but needless to say, this is for sure not still the case. Mornings are quite the struggle for me, but going through a work week that involves me being up and ready to function before 8am means finding solutions to that. Drinking water BEFORE my coffee is a huge one that I have been in the habit of for years now, but recently I have switched from the water from my refrigerator to room temp water. Sounds silly, but I heard it somewhere and decided to give it a try! When your water isn’t freezing cold, as refreshing as it can be on summer days like this, waking it up with room temp water allows it to absorb quickly into your body and fuel you up faster!

Plot Your Time For EVERYTHING!!!! Keeping this one short and sweet: if you want to do it. put it on your calendar. give it a time slot. whether it’s a nap. a shower. your workday. plan. plan. plan.

Figure Out What Works!!!!! Do you work well under high management or high freedom? Do you prefer requests texted or emailed to you? Do you work best all at once or with breaks? Find out what works best for YOU and make sure those around you are aware as well! The best way to get things done is to get them done YOUR way!

Learn Something New / Keep Up!!! I will go in spurts of being really on top of this and then die down when I get super busy. It’s SO important to keep updated on news not only within your field or specialty but with the world as well! My favorite way to quickly do so is using The Skimm email subscription! The news is delivered to me in a fun and quite often, funny, way every morning so I never feel out of the loop! Another way I love to keep myself learning is through things like blogging or my internship! I am constantly having to use new programs, applications, and adjusting to new processes. Google and YouTube may be my best friends, but nothing feels better than finally getting an HTML code to work or finding that crop button on InDesign you had to spend 20 minutes searching for. (Guilty.)¬†Keeping yourself open to learning new things and not saying no to a project just because you don’t understand quite how to accomplish it can leave you feeling in a creative rut! Plus, I’m a week away from 20 and it’s never too early to start keeping my brain young…right? ūüėČ

Have Fun!!!!!¬†Cheesy, I know, but true! Whether it’s an internship or a day job or a babysitting gig, having fun makes time fly by! Make sure to take some time to laugh throughout the day. This may involve a quick call or text to your funny friend because let me tell you, I’ve learned this summer that there is absolutely nothing funny about Excel spreadsheets!

Hope whatever your summer stress is caused from that this may help you stay sane! Until next time! xoxo, Ally

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Stripes + Pompoms, nothing new

Admittedly, this isn’t the first time the blog has seen a blue and white striped and ruffled combo and chances are it won’t be the last. I couldn’t NOT post it, however, considering absolutely ANYTHING blue&white is in my summer rotation and this piece is no exception.

Being a nurse, my mom had to work on mother’s day but my sister and I decided to drop off her favorite (& my favorite, & everyone’s favorite) salad for lunch for her! Which meant we obviously needed to get brunch ourselves beforehand, obviously. Same situation and excuse as the night before when an assigned trip to Target to get some family-needed groceries turned into me buying into their jewelry sale. How was I supposed to pass up pom-poms?! Not to mention pink ones!!!

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I’d be lying if I said my sister didn’t see the necklace in my hand and automatically say, “of course you picked that out.” I am deciding to translate that to, “you have such great taste!”

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I’ve also been OBSESSED with my shoes from Target. Purchased as a last minute Easter dress accessory, they’ve transitioned into a staple piece that has been paired with literally everything I’ve been wearing! Easy to do when they’re so cute and soooo comfy!

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shoes // jeans

Until next time, xoxo, Ally

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April loves

Okay so it’s 8 days into May and this is just getting up…like my brain currently and my life considering I leave KU tomorrow and my packing has consisted of not doing my laundry for a good few weeks now…everything has been a liiiiiittle chaotic lately. Welcome to April / May in college life. I still have been loving far too many things to not get this up though, so better late than never right?! (my life motto honestly, fashionably late are probably the two best words to describe me…always!)

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Eating //¬†Croissants. Oh. Boy. Like, tons of them. They’ve always been a favorite treat of mine but lately, I have had literally multiple a week and have actually started to get somewhat picky about them and their quality. Diva? Maybe. Worth it? Absolutely.

Listening to // Mean Girls is on Broadway now and ever since friends and I did it as a speech my senior year (yes I do have every one of Cady Heron’s lines memorized) I have had such a bigger appreciation for it. I am already on the hunt for tickets for when I go to NYC this summer but the few songs that are already out…SO. GOOD.

Reading // The Every Girl, as always. Seriously my go-to for when I am stressed out and need a non brain busting thing to read but still want to stimulate myself. This article is basically what everyone screams at me 24/7 and now that it’s in online writing maybe I’ll even be convinced to listen…maybe?

Sippin // Arnold Palmer season is back in my mind and therefore my green tea lemonade spin on it from Starbucks is as well. My all-time favorite and I am not sure anything will ever top it!

Wearing // always. always. always. the most classic!

Day Dreaming // How E X C I T E D I am for my big girl internship this summer! Basically,¬†this is like the coolest thing to happen to me since meeting Hoodie Allen so, be prepared for lots of little exciting updates. Already planning my outfits. Okay, maybe I’ve been planning those for a while! Lol, who is surprised.

Until next time, xoxo, Ally

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love done right

 

tumblr_oyv5q9KIuG1wv4f43o1_500.pngNormally when I have a really long word vomit type post full of feelings and emotions for you all, I like to check out some of the other online reading I do to see if there are other articles out there on the interweb that match how my heart is feelin’ at the moment. I do this to get another point of view into the subject and to really just quite frankly, get myself even more into the feels and passionate about the topic in order to type out some real good stuff for all of you, considering you deserve the best. However, today I couldn’t find anything about how you need to be so aware of how you want to be loved and to go ahead and be forward about that, and I am honestly a little disheartened and decided I needed to be the one to share it with the world then, because it is SO ! DANG !¬†IMPORTANT !

I also couldn’t find a good and accurate quote to relay what my heart is trying to put into words anywhere, so when this goes viral one day, someone out there make into something cute and post it on Pinterest okay? Thanks. But here’s my shot:
Love is a fantastic, wonderful, extraordinary concept. Everyone’s love is individualized to their own heart, shaped by their experiences, personality, and way of going about life. That’s the craziest and coolest thing about love: it’s not easy. It’s a challenge to understand another individual and how their heart loves, and how to express your own love in a way that best fits them. I truly don’t think there is anything more beautiful and loving than knowing a person’s heart so well. Learning to love someone is a constant and ever-changing adventure. However, this whole ordeal of loving someone the way they properly should can’t happen without communication.

Believe it or not, the people that love you can’t read your mind, as much as sometimes I’m convinced that they can! Trust me, I haven’t always been good at expressing how I feel in person, to be quite honest I just discovered how important it really is and what it looks like for myself within the past year. I often feel like I am being a burden or that my input sounds needy or a lot to ask of another individual and avoided the situation of telling others how I felt all together. This often ended up causing tension when things I didn’t like occurred or I felt left out or hurt in any way. I felt in a rut of being stuck between wanting to be selfless and wanting a healthy¬†relationship with others.

Crazy fact I learned after pondering this for many years: How you feel ABSOLUTELY matters and if someone really loves you, telling them how you feel about things WILL NOT damage your relationship whatsoever.

Now I get that this whole thing is very vague, and I am trying to intentionally keep¬†it that way in order for you to decide how you want to best go about all this for yourself. But telling your friends and relationships how you want to be loved is as simple as figuring out what makes you feel good and what doesn’t.

As someone that deals with a lot of anxiety, telling people BEFOREHAND what makes me get all nervous or quiet and in a bad space, allows them to prevent maybe talking about a topic they had no idea would affect me. Simply taking the 5 awkward minutes to tell them “hey when you say xyz or when xyz happens, it doesn’t make me feel great” is so worth the avoidance of them feeling guilty for causing you trouble by not knowing.¬†You miss someone and they aren’t picking up at your hinting at hanging out? Maybe because you’re like me and assume people pick up on every hint. Newsflash, they really don’t. Don’t be afraid to just straight up tell them how you feel. The same goes for concepts like someone maybe making you feel discouraged about something, or not giving you attention or sympathy when you need it. You are not a hassle to ask for what you need. You are a human being with emotions and feelings that deserves to be loved exactly how she needs to be.

In terms of the GOOD stuff, the FUN stuff, the EXCITING stuff: TELL THEM THAT TOO! Tell them your favorite places to eat, tell them how you love it when they ask you how your day is, tell them that you appreciate when¬†they pay for your coffee or pay attention to your feelings. Relationships are supposed to be FUN. Let them be. Don’t feel like you’re going to take anything away from yours by giving it a little guidance. Sure, they’re supposed to be easy, but a little effort goes a long way into making that easy smooth sailing.

I hope you were able to take a nugget or a few nuggets (I am STARVING and chicken nuggets sound stellar, wow) away from this and are able to feel a little bit more ownership and pride behind your heart. It’s a pretty special thing you have going for yourself, and it deserves to be treated exactly how it would like. Give that lil guy some love, and let others know how to give it some as well.

As for me, I accept any and all forms of chips & salsa, thanks. Hehe.

Until next time, xoxo, Ally

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April Updates

Talk. About. Time. Flying.

I know this ALWAYS is the case with spring semesters, but I feel like this one has flown by even more than most I have experienced. Even though I have a bunch of fun things lined up for this summer including a big girl internship back at my high school, spending too much time where I work in the evenings with my favorite coworkers and favorite foods, and spending 2 whole weeks in New York starting late July, I am still not ready to leave Lawrence in just 3 weeks.

I compiled some snaps from some of the fun I’ve been up to lately, but in all honesty, it’s been a whole lot of school and a whole lot of Panhellenic duties. Which don’t get me wrong, I love both a WHOLE lot and am having a ton of fun preparing myself for future endeavors, whether that be in the classroom or the big city social world.

Here’s just a few of the happenings lately:

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BIG LIL REVEAL: I’d be lying if I said we weren’t the same exact person with the same exact humor and food cravings 24/7. Also she used to work at JCrew and I think that’s when we became soulmates after I would pick her up wearing something that she would mention was already in her closet.¬† Also, she just REALLY likes carrots, I don’t get it either, but I will admit I’ve been snacking on them more since spending time with her.

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ON CAMPUS COFFEE STOP: Lately never caught without a macchiato in hand these days…oops! Also never caught with a loaded bank account after this place opened…double oops!

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THE GO-TO FIT LATELY: THE WEATHER has not been helping my habit of living in comfy neutrals. Which is all fun and games, but the spring and summer colors are about to be wayyyyy more fun.¬†In the meantime, living in Athleta doesn’t exactly make me unhappy one bit.

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OH BLONDE BABY: I’ve been having FAR too much fun with the slightly blonder pieces in the mane. Much needed after how dead my hair was (I brush it mom, sometimes, I swear) and I’m so glad I just let her have some fun

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LOADED FRIES PHILO EVENT: One thing I LOVE about each and every member of my chapter is how willing they are to dress up a t-shirt at any given chance. Never not inspired by their fashion sense 24/7

 

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COFFEE & CROISSANTS: Brenna and I did some major people watching and coffee sipping Saturday morning for a little over an hour and it was the absolute best way to start a weekend. Not to mention we are both croissant enthusiasts and I HAD to introduce her to what I like to claim are the best ones Lawrence has to offer. I also like to claim after this experience, she completely agrees.

 

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WOW: Had to save this beauty for the last picture to end on the highest note possible. I may have had the genius croissant idea but Brenna was way too smart about this one. Margherita pizza with goat cheese and an egg (add egg!) and wow. I truly don’t think we spoke to each other, just sat there and devoured the thing for a good ten minutes. Already planning our next plan we get to meet this pizza again.

 

 

 

Lastly, because¬†I love sharing things I love with all of you so you can love them too, here are a few things from The Everygirl (have I ever mentioned how I can’t go a day without reading their articles…) for you to browse and get some nuggets of wisdom from as well:

How to Communicate Better In A Relationship

How to Get Out of A Slump (boy do I need this one sometimes)

Making Your Space Photo Worthy (as a blogger, I so feel this one, and here’s a fair warning to whoever will be sharing a home with me one day, read up and prepare ūüėČ

Improving Your Relationship by the End of The Day

Hope you enjoyed catching up and seeing a little bit of what I have been up to lately! As always, dream big work hard be kind have fun!

Until next time, xoxo, Ally

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