cap and gown

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Things got real this week when I picked up my graduation cap and gown at my university's book store. It was quite easy to pick out those pieces...a black robe, a black cap, and a tassel for the Bachelor of Science in Business degree that I will be receiving. However, the real challenge has been finding the perfect gown to wear under the 'gown'...because its what's inside that counts, right?

I have shopped all of my stand-bys, but haven't had the best of luck. To me it seems that every life event gets centered on the dress, so college graduation is no exception. I want to wear a piece that will fit well and look conservative, but that suits my personality. After a trip to Norstrom this weekend I found some great contenders. Check them out and weigh in at the comments section!
I love this Tahari piece because it is so versatile. The fabric isn't so glitzy so I could easily wear it to work, and it has that perfect 50's flair that I love so much.
I knew this Eliza J number could be the one the second I saw it. My school colors are maroon and gold, so I definitely have half of it down here, all I need are some maroon accessories. And did I mention the lining is pink? Perfection.

                

What are your thoughts on these dresses? Any suggestions for accessories?
                                                    

travel | d.c. highlight reel

Monday, April 7, 2014

As promised, we are starting the week off with an iPhone highlight reel from the D.C. trip. I can't believe it has been two weeks since I got back! 

All good trips start with some gingerale/cranberry juice on the rocks, so I knew this was going to be something special.
We started off a very rainy day one with the best of D.C. indoors...a tour of the US Capitol, the House, the Senate, and we can't forget the Smithsonian musueums. 
I have never met a macaron I didn't like. This rose flavored wonder from Olivia Macaron in Georgetown did not disappoint. We went back twice! 
A view of the washington monument. The reflecting pool was not full, so I much preferred this view from the tidal basin. 
I am in love with the Jefferson Memorial (why does Honest Abe get all the hype?). I love the moody reflection on the tidal basin..and there I am! 
As a future lawyer (applying to law schools this fall!), seeing the Supreme Court was an absolute dream come true! Equal justice under law. Beautiful.
Special ironwork on the Whitehouse fence. We may not have castles, but this comes pretty close. 

                
                                                    

bucket list

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

I am excited to do a D.C. post, but I still need to get the pics onto my computer (this weekend, I swear!). The trip marked the mid-point in my semester, meaning I now have only five weeks until I am a college grad. I am slowly realizing that despite everything I have done these past four years, there are a few 'to-do's' in the Twin Cities before I can officially check out. And let's be honest, most of them relate to food. Check out my list of campus/TC to-do's and favorites: