The Weekenders: Lots of Donuts & Homecoming

 

Hello everyone!

Saying “happy Monday” seems a little like an oxymoron, but I hope you all had a good start to the week anyway. I hope you all also had a fun weekend! I know I did. This weekend was full of adventures, and I thought i would document it for you guys.

// Friday // 

On Monday or Tuesday of last week, my best friends and I all decided that since last week was going to be pretty rough, that we would do something fun on Friday. We decided to drive to a Duck Donuts that was about 20 minutes away. One of my friends had talked about it how good it was we thought it would be a good way to mark the end of a long week, and I looked forward to our trip all week!

Once Friday night came, we went to Dinner at Ruby Tuesday’s, which is always delicious. I had the salad bar and those croutons are to die for. After that, we thought we would go to Walmart to let our food settle and check out their Halloween costumes. We had fun playing with the different costumes and deciding which costumes we wanted. I picked out my costume… But you guys will have to wait and see my Halloween post to see what I picked!

When we got out of the car at Duck Donuts and started walking towards the door, I could smell the donuts from outside! It was so hard to craft a donut from all of the choices that they gave us! I got four donuts, gotta have something for breakfast, right? And I got one for my boyfriend, too.

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We were able to watch the donuts be fried and decorated, and when we ate them the donut was still warm from the fryer. It was heavenly. Seriously, if you have a Duck Donuts near you and you’ve never been, I really recommend going! If you’re a donut fan (who doesn’t like donuts?!) than you’ll love this place. Get the Oreo donut (bottom right in the box in the picture above) from the “customer favorites” section on the little card you use to order your donuts. It seriously tastes like they melted down an Oreo.

My friends and I all took so many pictures there at our table, I think the employees at Duck’s thought we were nuts. We got so many strange looks. But who cares, right? Gotta capture the moment in remembrance of the donuts. Here’s some of the cute pictures we took:

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Side note: The coffee was really good, too. I tried their Pumpkin Harvest coffee and I definitely recommend. This is coming from a girl who loves her plain black coffee!

Love my friends ❤

// Saturday //

Saturday was Homecoming at my college, and I was woken up at *cough* eleven *cough* by the parade outside my window. Not a bad way to be woken up, to be honest. Better than the usual angry alarm clock.

Campus was swarmed with parents, families, alumni, and students out to enjoy the festivities. There’s a Homecoming fair after the parade that everyone goes to, and all the clubs on campus come out and sell stuff at tables around the quad. There was a band playing, too, and they were pretty good… Better than the band last year, that’s for sure.They played oldies songs like “Sweet Caroline” and “It’s Raining Men.”

I manned the table for the Creative Writing club. We sold bookmarks for a dollar, and we did pretty well if i do say so myself! I also took a walk around with my friends to see what the other clubs were selling, and there were some really great things. I think I got a little carried away, but totally worth it.

We got a beautiful day. It ended up getting pretty warm, I was way overdressed in my sweater and puffy vest!

Later that night, we went to the Homecoming Buffet with all of our friends, here’s a selfie I took afterward with my roommate, hot fresh apple cider in hand:

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// Sunday //

Sunday night my roommate and i woke up and decided to go to Dunkin’ Donuts to get coffee and something to eat for breakfast. I know, lots of donut shops! And, on a whim I decided to try their pumpkin macchiato, and I really liked it. Again, this is coming from a girl who loves her black coffee with nothing else. What have I become??

On the drive there and back, we listened to throwback songs, like Ashley Tisdale’s “He Said She Said” and Jonas Brothers. It blows my mind that some of those songs are ten years old. I can’t comprehend it.

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After we got back from Dunkin’, my boyfriend arrived and we spent the rest of the day together. Lots of time was spent taking silly pictures like this on Snapchat:

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After that, we went to the praise service on campus and then went to dinner. I did some reading and got some homework done. Then, the weekend was over. It’s always a bummer, especially after such a good weekend like this one, but lots of good memories were made. I’m so thankful for all of these people who I love so much!

I hope you all made lots of memories this weekend, and have a great week!

L

OOTW: Breaking Out the Riding Boots!

Hello everyone!

I had a crazy busy week, but I thought I would try to document my outfits that I wore every day! I took a picture of what I was wearing by the end of the day, because let’s face it… For those early classes, we all know that we wear those sweatpants!

// MONDAY //

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sweater, thrifted / scarf, handmade gift / leggings, khols / socks, target / boots, target


// TUESDAY //

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cardigan, target / dress, h&m / scarf, khols / boots, target / boot socks, target


// WEDNESDAY //

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turtleneck bodysuit, thrifted / skirt, thrifted / tights, target / ankle boots, thrifted


// THURSDAY //

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shirt, h&m / jeans, hollister / boots, target


// SATURDAY //

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shirt, forever 21 / jeans, hollister / belt, thrifted / boots, khols


I’m sorry about Friday… I either forgot to take a picture that day or I accidentally deleted the picture from my phone. Also, please excuse the dirty mirror in the first few pictures. By Thursday or Friday I finally cleaned it, haha! I also found these cute pumpkin stickers around my mirror at Walmart when I went with my friends on Friday. Lots of fun Fall stuff out right now!

This was either the first of second week that my riding boots got a lot of wear. I love dressing for Fall. Riding boots, plaid shirts and skirts, big sweaters with leggings, and a lot of dark autumnal colors are some of my favorite things to wear!

Happy Fall, everyone. AKA, riding boot season!

L

Saying Goodbye to Autumn

Since the Holidays are coming quicker than I can fully comprehend, the end of Fall is soon arriving. And don’t get me wrong, as a girl who can barely retain body heat, I love the warmth of summer. However, there is something so refreshing about fall, especially this past fall. The crisp weather, the leaves on the trees, the colors of pumpkins and gourds. The excuse to use the word “autumnal.” The vibrance of Autumn feels like a tall glass of water after months of wilting in the summer humidity. This fleeting season comes and goes in a flash. I wanted to milk this fall for all it was worth: enjoy every leaf, every pumpkin, and every magenta sunset.

I have always felt like I experience a creative rebirth during the Fall. There is something in the air that recharges me. As someone who always seems to have writers block, this is much needed rejuvenation… I think it’s something with the colors. The fiery auburn and deep wine leaves speak to me and do my heart good. It’s almost a spiritual experience for me when I see a mountain side in the distance with all its trees’ leaves turned. It’s during that one-week sweet spot, where all the leaves are turned before they fall, when I feel the most alive. Something about their beauty gives me such joy.


Stomping in the crunchy leaves as they fall like we’re children again, watching movies together while we’re snuggled in blankets and drinking hot chocolate. Going to an orchard with my boyfriend, and eating apple cider doughnuts with ice cream later that night. This was what this fall was all about for me, all those memories that I made with the people that I love the most.

I continue into the next season of my life with a heart full of memories, love, and happiness.

XOXO

L

 

Feeling Stressed?

Who isn’t these days, right? Ever since school started, a peaceful moment is hard to come by. Whenever I feel like my year is about to explode, I do one or all of these things and I feel better.

1. Drinking peppermint tea (or whatever your favorite tea is) in my favorite mug.

I don’t know what it is, but drinking my peppermint tea in my favorite white mug that my cousin gave me makes a difference. I love how big the mug is and how it’s the perfect size to wrap my hands around, letting the how tea keep my hands warm. I make my tea and snuggle under my favorite blanket. It’s one of my favorite things after a long day of studying, it makes me so happy.

2. Watching trashy TV with my roommate.

Millionaire Matchmaker, Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After?, Bachelor in Paradise, Gossip Girl, anything mindless to get our minds off the work.

3. Watching funny YouTube videos.

My roommate  and I do this all the time. Silly storyline videos and conspiracy theories are among our favorites. Laughing with my best friend is possibly the best medicine for stress.

4. Having a random dance party.

Crank your favorite music and just dance like a hippogriff for a solid thirty minutes, it until you can’t breathe anymore. My bestie and I love our nightly dance parties. We favor early 2000s music. Britney for me, Backstreet Boys for her.

5. Throwing a tantrum.

Humor me on this one. If your day was just downright terrible and you feel like you want to cry, dropping down and pretending to wail and pounding your fists like a three year old is actually surprisingly cathartic. If not hilarious. It doesn’t accomplish anything, but it’ll definitely make you laugh a little bit, and on those hard days sometimes all we need is to smile.

I wish you all peaceful days and nights, but if those stressful days do come (and we all know they do), I hope this helps!

Happy studying and slaying!