Happy Spring!

Looks like Punxsutawney Phil was wrong again – it’s spring here in Athens, GA!

While I love seeing everything covered in snow, seeing streets lined with flowers is far better. Living on Milledge Avenue, which houses almost all the Panhellenic sororities and fraternities on UGA’s campus, my life is a spring princess’s fairytale. White mansions with pillars and well manicured lawns suddenly come to life with all of the blooming trees, shrubs, and plants. I’ve also managed to befriend a small grey cat that lives behind Alpha Gam. He’s a tad bit camera shy, but if I manage to snap a pic I’ll post it here so you all can meet him!

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Links I’m Loving

It’s been such a long week, filled with some crazy good surprises!

First off, I made it onto the 2017 Homecoming Committee! For those of you that are new to Bailey Studies Psych and don’t know, I was on the Homecoming Committee for 2016 as the Community Outreach Chair. This year I’ve been selected to be the Court Chair, which plans and executes Homecoming Court interviews, selection, voting, banquet, and crowning.

I also made it into The Arch Society for the University of Georgia (which was perhaps the greatest surprise of the week).

I’ve also been doing yoga more, following an amazing Youtube yogi named Adriene.

Speaking of yoga, check out this sweet set of yogi master army figurines!

And just in time for Valentine’s Day – comedic candles that smell like certain world leaders (lookin’ at you, Justin Trudeau)

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Happy Day! Have a great rest of your week!

xo Bailey

Top Anthro Faves (that are now on sale!!!)

Anthropologie is one of my all time favorite stores. I’d live in it if I were ever given the chance! I was beyond thrilled when one opened up in my hometown, and even more thrilled when people started posting “Anthro DIY” crafts on Pinterest. While I do love a good DIY outfit or home decor idea, nothing beats the real deal. The going gets even better when the real deal is actually a deal.

Anthropologie is notoriously expensive, but the year round sale section and %-off offers make things easier on the wallet. Here are my top pics from the winter sale section! meribel-cowl-pullover

anthro-cowl-neck-sweaterMeribel Cowl Pullover

I own this sweater and can definitely attest to it’s warmth! While a little itchy (it’s wool), the boxy fit and the cowl neck make it very comfortable. I like the shorter fit of the shirt (I’m barely 5’4″) because it hits me right at my waistline. The picture on the right is me, right before I bought the sweater!

This sweater was originally $128 and now it’s $69.95! 

 

airmail-pencil-pouchAirmail Pencil Pouch

I love receiving snail mail, don’t you? You know what I also like? Fancy pencil pouches. Not only do I feel organized, I look chic while doing it.

And while you’re off buying your pencil pouch, take a look at these pens. Not on sale, but still a match made in heaven.

Originally $24, now $16.95

 

 

tasseled-agate-lariatTasseled Agate Lariat

While there are some pretty good DIY articles out there, not everyone can make flawless tassels. That’s why this one is up for grabs in the sale section of Athro!

Buddha beads were super popular last spring, but this should be your new go-to piece when looking for a long chunky necklace. Tassels are in again! And it doesn’t look like they’re going away any time soon. Plus the raw agate gives this piece a boho chic vibe.

The necklace was originally $68, now $39.95

velvet-tunic-dressVelvet Tunic Dress

Velvet is everywhere this season. From dresses to tanks to booties – even chokers! This dress can be paired with a leather jacket for a cute tough girl look or dressed up with chunky heels and gold accents for a more girly outfit. And the best part? It also comes in dark turquoise.

Something else that’s totally rad about this dress? It was originally $138 and is now $119.95

 

 

rehearsal-hoodieRehearsal Hoodie

The athleisure movement is my favorite, mainly because I can wear leggings and hoodies to class and somehow manage to look very en vogue rather than disheveled. This pick is great because of the crop and neutral colors. Grey is the perfect match for those days when you want to wear some crazy patterned leggings but don’t have a top to go with them and the crop top keeps the look from being slouchy. Just keep in mind that the top seems to run shorter in arm length than a normal hoodie!

Top was originally $88 but is now $49.95

Happy shopping!

xo Bailey

 

 

Celebrating Langston Hughes

Today is February first. Not only does today mark the beginning of Black History Month, it’s the birthday of one of America’s celebrated writers: Langston Hughes.

Langston Hughes was born in 1902 in Joplin, Missouri. Hughes first started writing poetry while living with his grandmother in Lincoln, Illinois and published his first book of poetry, The Weary Blues, in 1926. His first novel, Not Without Laughter, was published in 1930. Hughes is known for his portrayals of life as an African American. His writing, as well as his life, helped to shape the Harlem Renaissance. Possibly his most famous work is the poem Dream Deferred, which is what I’d like to share with you today. The poem talks about the “American dream” as it applied to blacks living in America during the 1920’s through the 1960’s. Even though the imagery is gore-y and gruesome, I still claim this poem as one of my favorites from Hughes’ works.

What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
Like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore–
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over–
like a syrupy sweet?
Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.
Or does it explode?

I’d also like to share a poem of his called I, Too. The lyrical nature of this poem is absolutely beautiful, and the message is so empowering. I remember reading this poem aloud, as a class, in high school. Like the last, this poem also speaks about life for blacks in America in the ’20s and ’60s.

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Spotify also has a playlist of Hughes reading his poetry, which I’d really recommend. Nothing quite beats hearing a poet read their own work! You can find the playlist by clicking the link HERE.