Rachel and I went out for coffee during finals. 1000 Faces had opened up Downtown and I wanted to see what all the fuss was about.
I got my usual dark roast coffee with cream and Rachel got a Christmas latte. I’m going to be honest here – I have never been more jealous of a coffee order! Their Christmas latte tastes like hot chocolate with orange. Needless to say I was very impressed.
How picturesque is that!?
The little coffee shop has a wall of windows that face out into Downtown. I imagine that if I were a cat, I would want to live in the sun rays that pour through those windows. It felt perfect that chilly morning!
There’s also a little food truck that parks outside on certain Sundays of every month that cooks made to order biscuits with eggs, cheese, and meats. A percentage of the proceeds from each breakfast sandwich goes to a non-profit in Athens (the non-profit changes each week, too).
Now that I understand the hype, I’m looking forward to all sorts of coffee dates and study breaks here in the coming semester!
I couldn’t be more proud of my boys – UGA football is playing in the National Championship today!
I was lucky enough to go to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA, with Will’s family. At first it was mass chaos. I’m talking five thousand people pressed up against one another trying to get into one gate to watch the kickoff. It felt like I was melting into all the people around me because they were squished up against me for so long! By the time I made it through the gate I was ready to sit down and take a breather, not watch the game. Luckily we had a few minutes to spare before the Dawgs crushed Oklahoma (okay, so maybe not crush, but we did win in the first double overtime the Rose Bowl has ever seen!).
Tonight, in honor of us going to the Natty, the university has opened up Stegeman for students and faculty to watch the game and several venues Downtown are going to be playing the game on the big screen. Governor Deal even proclaimed that last Friday would be “UGA Football Friday” and asked all Georgians to wear red and black. My coworkers and I dressed up for work and got some pictures for the UGA PAC Instagram.
We’re all so excited to watch UGA play tonight! Go Dawgs!
Let’s start from the beginning, shall we?
I hope you and your loved ones are enjoying the holidays, staying safe, and taking advantage of all the warm fuzzies that are shared during this time of year.
Much love from my family to yours!
Will and I hopped on a plane to New York City Saturday night and have been thoroughly enjoying our time here! I’ve only been to the city once, so I wanted to pack in as many touristy things as possible.
Be on the lookout for a post in January all about my trip! For now, here’s a very blurry picture of me (age 15) of my first time visiting New York:
I try to do my holiday shopping year-round. I work a lot during the summer and tend to have a little extra money then, so for me that’s the ideal time to start getting Christmas presents. Another factor is the timing of University tests. Final exams happen right before Christmas and buying presents is the last thing I want to do after two weeks of exams. So not only am I short on money come December, I’m also short a few hundred brain cells and some patience (haha).
After two and a half years of college, I think I’ve got this Christmas shopping thing down pat. Here are my tips:
Make a list of everyone you need to buy presents for and brainstorm what you think they’d like. Keep this list with you (I save mine on Google Drive) so that when you’re passing a sale rack or have a coupon you know exactly what people might want.
Make an overall budget and a budget for each person.
Scout sales as early as possible. Nordstrom has their super discounted anniversary sale each fall. Macy’s has a half yearly sale. Lots of places have similar annual sales, you just have to scope them out.
Clearance bins are your friend. No one has to know you bought that super cute waffle knit sweater for 75% off. A brand new gift is a brand new gift after all, right?
Student discounts. There are more out there than you think. Here’s a list.
Still not sure what to do? Try making a gift. Knitting Hogwarts house scarves or Weasley sweaters is always a hit with friends. So are mason jar cookies.
Happy gift giving!
It’s no secret that I wear glasses. I got my first pair in sixth grade, and since then I’ve learned that glasses, like makeup and hair, can subtly influence your overall image while also being an integral part of your personality.
I love the of the glasses from Warby Parker. A lot of their frames (with the prescription lenses) are under $100!
I am so excited to announce their newest collection, Resort! The Resort Collection mixes rich acetates with hints of metal inlays and glimmering metallics. The unique outlines, delicate textures, and pops of glossy metal give the glasses a luxurious, high end feel.
I’m a sucker for a good tortoiseshell, and these frames are my absolute favorite! You can shop the rest of the prescription eyeglasses on their website, which you can find by clicking here.
The sunglasses in the Resort Collection are all so different that I can’t pick a favorite. I want them all! The Cleo sunglasses, the first photo shown below, remind me of a classic 1950’s beachgoer. On the other hand, the Wyatt sunglasses are more NYC edgy-chic. The classic gold is subtle, giving the accents a “for your eyes only” feel, but striking enough to get everyone talking. Shop the rest of their sunglasses on their website by clicking here.