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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Looking To The Future

Hey you guys, I'm really sorry -- I've been trying to figure out how to best plan my new schedule including grad school classes, studying/completing homework assignments, studying for the certified personal trainer exam, having a social life with new friends/going to SCAD-hosted events for grad students, hitting the gym, doing yoga YouTube videos (ain't nobody got money for classes rn, ya feel?), writing in my journal, doing laundry down in the communal laundry room in the basement of my apartment, shopping for groceries, actually learning to cook more than just english muffins #YikesMcGee!, slaughtering evil fruit flies that have invaded my apartment, reading books for fun, trying to learn how to draw basic things because I'm the only one in the entire school pretty much who still draws stick figures (#WritingStudentAtAnArtSchoolProbz), reading up on art history because I'm taking Art Criticism which is a mandatory class for the MFA Writing program and I haven't taken an art history class before in my life soooo..., reading magazines about fashion so I can stay chic okay~~, keeping up with current events, applying for some part-time jobs so I can afford to do my laundry more than once a week, cleaning various surfaces in my apartment, hanging out with the stray kitties that live at my apartment building, finishing watching Season 22 of "The Amazing Race," BLOGGING LOL, listening to meditation/ASMR videos, coping with my crippling anxiety about where to park every single day of my #SavannahLyfe, and generally trying to juggle all of these things at once. I absolutely love everything that I do. I wake up every morning excited for the day ahead of me, except Tuesdays (aka today) because I have my three classes on Mondays and Wednesdays so as you can imagine Tuesday is brutal homework day and it gets panicky because I don't own a printer and parking is only free after 5 p.m. and open spots are hard to find and then I could just go to one of the various public libraries with free parking at any time but then I'd have to pay for printing whereas at the SCAD library we've already been allotted a certain amount of our tuition for printing.

But anyway. This is the most "whole" I have felt in a long, long, LONG time. I feel so darn fulfilled, and my inspiration has been sparked. I love every class that I am in. The material is so interesting in every class that I am in. I know I already wrote all of this in the last post, so I'll spare ya the gushing all over again but... I've just really been trying to stay afloat lately with all this amazing stuff going on. I'm the happiest I've been in like...years, honestly. I mean there are definitely some incredibly sad or bummer or shocking or truly heart-aching things that have happened since I've moved to Savannah, but I've learned to accept these things and not try to change them. Not everything can work out in our lives, whether it's a friendship or a romance or a job or what-have-you, but to quote by my homegirl Marilyn Monroe, "Good things fall apart so better things can fall together." My better things are out there. I just have to reach out and be open for them.

Looking to the future like~~

So, in all, no, I'm not about to stop blogging (I even bought a cheap, less then $100 camera at Target to add pictures to posts but I'm kinda bummed because I think my iPhone takes better quality pictures hahahahah
-____- *growls casually* I'm mildly bitter about this...!!); in fact, I'm currently narrowing down designers for who's gonna be the ~*lucky winner*~ of who I pick to complete my redesign vision that I have for The Pink Lyme. A couple members of my Snapchat fam have also asked if I'm going to be doing YouTube; honestly, I don't think so at this point. I love that with Snapchat, I can control who is seeing the videos - so if I'm venting about how my day went, it's not like the whole word gets to see that, just my Snappy buddies. I find that level of privacy pretty comforting and I love that sense of emotional intimacy you get when you are particular about who you let into your heart/Snapchat list/life lmao!!

Anyway, I have literally, no joke, 32 drafts of blog posts for TPL. I just actually need to finishing writing them or finish editing them or just hit publish on them. So they will actually get posted eventually. It's just that I've been so focused on learning what my professors expect and figuring out where to park all the time and meeting new people and stressing over the personal trainer exam that my priorities had to shift for a while. And they will shift back to blogging, as the ebb and flow of life tends to do this.

Thanks for being so understanding during this transitional time. Write again soon!! <3
xoxo, Brooke

Monday, September 12, 2016

(Recap) First Day of Grad School!

You guys... I'm really exhausted so probably no fancy personal touches/flourishes on this post because I'm literally about to go to bed at 10:58 p.m. and my bedtime is like 1:00 a.m. so this is saying something if I'm too exhausted to even manage a few ~*words typed like this*~ but I just have to tell you.... Today was the first day of grad school -- and it. was. absolutely. amazing.

SCAD is exactly as a school should be: a place that nurtures while it pushes, encourages while it stretches and welcomes while promoting further exploration. My classes were thought-provoking and exciting, even though it was only day one. The community vibe is so strong at this school, and everyone is really free to be whomever they want to be. The faculty legit gives a shizz about you and your passions. They try to tailor the class material to fit your career goals/needs. There is so much emphasis in creating your own unique style/voice/flair and putting your own personal touch on everything you do. I'm taking Art Criticism, History of Rhetoric and Non-fiction I, all of which are required courses for the MFA in Writing. Every class was incredible, and every professor inspired me. I felt accepted immediately. It's not a typical school where you're expected to blend in; instead, you are warmly guided to help you stand out as an individual. 

I'm so grateful that I chose SCAD as my final decision for a grad school. No, I wasn't paid or bribed or anything to write this hahha, I literally am just so happy about it, and this post is not sponsored in any way, either (although sponsored posts on TPL are always still 100% my own opinions, just FYI~~ <---ahh okay I managed two of my signature sarcasm marks!) :p I'm excited because I know I'm really going to grow creatively and as a writer so much from this place.

I'm the kind of person who thinks about what decisions I should make over and over again because I like to always be 100% about everything I do. This was probably one of the best decisions I have ever made in my entire life to go here. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not looking through rose-colored lenses and saying it's perfect, because there are definitely flaws: a lot of students smoke right outside the building my classes are all in which is annoying AF and the parking situation is enough to send anyone running for a Xanax prescription, but regardless of these things, I love this school already and immediately felt comfortable here. I constantly felt like I didn't belong deep down in undergrad a lot, but I have never walked into a school (except for kindergarten, lolz mcgee!) and immediately felt 100% like I belonged... but here? Here is where I belong. <3

New posts coming soon! Think: Currently Trending, Best Monthly Makeup Picks, and more!
xoxo, Brooke

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

9 Reasons Why You Should Be a Vegetarian!

Being a vegetarian is something that's incredibly important in my life. There is never a day when I crave meat, and it's actually honestly really easy (even a lot easier than it was when I was vegan for a month this past summer... definitely didn't go about that the right way and I wasn't nourishing my body right at all, wahh! I found it tricky being vegan while having to avoid soy/tofu...) Occasionally, I will still have a piece of fish or a hard-boiled egg, but my diet is all vegetarian, other than that!

Have you been contemplating cutting meat out of your diet for a while now? If so, read on for these non-debatable nine reasons why you should be a vegetarian! We believe you can do it!! ;) It's super easy! <3



















DID I CONVINCE YOU!?!?! Look how sweet and cute and friendly they are!! Tbh, they're no different from your own pet dog or kitty you're sitting next to right now! Let this post serve as a sign to you, if you've been considering making a change to avoid eating dead animals friends (creepy, eh!?), to go for it -- start being a vegetarian, starting tomorrow!

xoxo, Brooke

Saturday, September 3, 2016

15 Things You Need To Do This Month! (September)

From now on at the beginning of each month, to celebrate the way a season makes its mark throughout the year, I'll be doing a fun "bucket list" type of post about "15 things you need to do this month!" Woohoo!!! I'm super excited about this, and I hope you will be, too!  Here is the first post in this series! *drumrolllllll*....

Ahhh, I wanted to publish this post earlier ~*but alas*~ the power went out, c/o Hurricane Hermine... you da real MVP. At least the power is back now, though!! *happydances all around* 

Happy September, everyone!! The month has just begun and although fall might not officially begin until Sept. 22, since Sept. 1, I like to pretend that it's already fall, ya feel me!? I've never experienced fall down South before, but this is my absolute FAVORITE season (I may or may not be biased having grown up in beautiful New England, having that Connecticut fall foliage and the smells of burning leaves/wood and hot chocolate and omg omg omg, okay I need to stop now before I start missing it way too much!), but every season is beautiful and has something to offer.


You guys, it's BACK!!! *squeals with delight* At least for Gold Card holders, that is. Regardless, be sure to grab one of these babies this month. (Try it my way: decaffeinated, with whipped cream.) I recommend getting a Venti because even if you can't drink it all at once, you can just pop it in your fridge and reheat it later in a mug in your microwave. #100

2. Get lost in a sunflower maze.

While corn mazes are always a true classic, why not give this beloved favorite a new update and go to a sunflower maze, instead? Sunflowers are my favorite type of flower (they're so beautiful, but are also kinda scary in a way! hahah, yellow is one of my favorite colors and their huge dark centers stare into your soul.... *shivers*)

3. Volunteer at a local food bank or soup kitchen.

While many people think to do this around Thanksgiving, it's really never too early to start doing some good for those in need. Why wait 'til Turkey time!? People still need your help today.

4. Join a "genre" book club (or start your own with others!)

Quite often, book clubs read stereotypical chick-lit book club books like "The Help," for example. While those kinds of books are always great, why not take your book club to the next level and specialize in reading only a certain genre? Mystery, science fiction, biographies...there are so many other amazing types of books out there that would make great material for group discussion, so don't be afraid to branch out from the typical selection of books and find a new niche!

5. Set up a new workout routine with a personal trainer.

Plot twist: you don't actually need to wait until the New Year to get in shape! The fall is a perfect fresh start to begin your healthy lifestyle journey. As I am currently studying to become a certified personal trainer, I can tell you that creating a healthy, active lifestyle for yourself is always a good decision. The way I look at things, which I don't mean to be morbid at all but like jussayin'!, is that the money you invest in your health now will be money saved from less doctor visit bills later on.

6. Take a walk in nature early in the morning.

Will the pace be peaceful and meditative or brisk and empowering? The choice is yours! Either way, surrounding yourself with Mother Earth's beautiful gifts -- the dirt beneath your sneakers, the tall + sturdy trees beside your path, whatever wildlife is scampering around or flying above you -- will help ground you and remind you that all creatures, including yourself, exist because we are all essential to the harmony of the world.

7. Attend a local sporting event.

College football, a 5k race, your little cousin's soccer game... whatever it may be, go all out and get really into cheering on your favorite team/participant! (Then, naturally, when the event is over, repeat #1 on this list to celebrate a win or console a loss~~) Depending on where you live, temperatures might drop so low during the winter months, that the fall is the last time in a while that you're going to have the chance to engage in outdoor activities (unless you're into like, skiing or snowboarding or snowmobiling or something like that.... #Pass #I'llJustStayInsideAndEatSmoresThx)

8. Buy new nail polish -- the darker, the better!

Tell your neon hues, "Ta-ta for now!" and bring on the heavy, dark glossy shades, metallics or mattes for an alluring, sophisticated nod to the upcoming colder months. I'm currently loving bordeaux (I remember it having a moment during my sophomore year; I was obsessed with all-things bordeaux-colored!), mauve, bronze and elephant gray. Oh, and midnight navy is always ~a given~ !

9. Make your own butternut squash soup.

Not as heavy as pumpkin, butternut squash still screams, "Fall is here!" without being too cliche. +5 bonus points to you, you little chef!, if you make your own croutons to put on top of the soup instead of your common crackers or artisan bread slice. Better yet, why not give a thoughtful gift to a neighbor or friend who could really use a pick-me-up? Buy a cute thermos and fill it up with the soup, putting the croutons in a side container. Their day = made.

10. Invest in a solid pair of cowboy boots.

Before you say I'm biased because I live in the south... okay, okay, fine, ya got me. I'm biased. BUT! You honestly can never go wrong! Dress 'em up, dress 'em down -- even if the rest of your outfit is totally mediocre (think: plain jeans and solid-colored t-shirt), the boots will really pack a punch. There are so many different colors and styles to choose from, too: square-toe, pointed toe, maroon-colored, light tan and turquoise, black and glittering silver... honestly, there's a style for everybody!

11. Experiment with new lipstick shades.

What worked best for your summer complexion will begin to change as fall temps set in and you spend less time basking in the sunlight. Before you're all about that pumpkin orange shade, take into consideration that lipsticks with blue rather than yellow undertones make teeth appear whiter! Browns, mauves and other neutral shades are of course (#ThxKylieJenner) totally in style right now. Browse around on Pinterest and Instagram to pick out a few products in mind before you go to your nearest Ulta, Sephora or pharmacy so you don't wind up leaving with more lipsticks (and less cashola $$$) than you can afford!

12. Pick up a new hobby.

Crocheting, drawing, learning a new language ... it can really add a sense of richness (which is what the fall is all about, richness, in flavors, colors, abundance of loved ones/friends/family, etc.!) to your life this fall season, particularly on the weekends when you might have some free time. Because I view the fall as a great time to give back to others, some ideas for this include perhaps donating the crochet blankets you make to women's shelters, or tutor high school students in the Spanish language that you've mastered! Fall in love with something new, gain the skills to do it well and then spread your knowledge around to others, you know!? <3

13. Try out a new signature scent.

Many fragrances are better suited for different times of the year, so this month, opt for those vanilla, cinnamon and musky notes that celebrate the season. For me, personally, I'm a huge fan of Victoria Secret's Noir Tease and I don't use anything else regardless of the season (teehee! *cue sassy hand flip*) because most perfumes give me a migraine headache, actually! So I don't have the ability to play around like most people do. Buuuuut, thankfully, there are still definitely vanilla notes in Noir Tease, so I've lucked out! :p

14. Grab fall-flavored ice cream while the temperature is still socially acceptable for ice cream consumption mood-setting purposes.

Let's be real, ice cream is great at any time of the year, but it's still warm enough outside where it seems like a legit thing to do and no one will look at you all funny when you suggest it! If you have a Bruester's Ice Cream near you, I highly recommend the Caramel Apple Crunch flavor *swoons* *faints* *dies* !!!!

15. Switch up your home decor.

Add in some warm accent pieces and cozy throws on your couch to create the right kind of snuggly, home-y vibe! Of course, you can't forget a fall-themed wreath on your front door (if you live in an apartment or dorm rather than a house, be sure to check if this is allowed, first!) or some pumpkins/gourds to further set the "Yay for fall!" mood.

What's on your to-do list for this month?
xoxo, Brooke