9/30/2019

Monday Mix


Happy Monday! I don’t know about you, but this Monday has felt like three days in one. Friday feels like it should be closer, don’t you agree?! Today’s mix is a fun combination of treat yourself items. 

This dress is only $13 (!!!) and is a comfortable transition piece for the fall, especially if you’re still experiencing the heat wave in the South. Add a cardigan when it gets cooler and it will last you all season.

I purchased this romper last week and I already can’t wait to wear it. It’s perfect for gameday. I love that the big bow on the back is such a feminine touch.

How cute are these fun new earrings from Lisi Lerch?! I saw them on Insta today and added them to the mix immediately. They’re such a great pair that could be worn for countless occasions.

I’m on a #selfcare kick recently, and my ice roller has been my go-to. It’s so soothing and helps my skin feel hydrated after using it for just a few minutes each night.

I feel like I’ve been staring at my computer for hours on end recently and sometimes walk away with headaches. I’ve been looking at blue light glasses, and this pair is fun while doing the job. Only $17 too!  

9/23/2019

Monday Mix


Happy first day of fall! I love fall and it’s warm colors and cooler temperatures. It’s still hot here in Tuscaloosa. So today’s mix consists of a few fall items that are great for the season even if the temperatures aren’t quite low enough for sweater weather.

This flounce dress in pink is a great staple and works well for the transition into fall with some cute booties. I love that the flounce adds a feminine touch too.

Speaking of booties, this faux-suede pair is currently on sale and also comes in black and navy. Pair with jeans or a dress and you’re ready for fall.

This wrap tie skort looks so comfortable and would be perfect for gameday. It’s currently 50% off — no code needed!

Who else can’t wait for PSLs?! This cute mug is $15 and is ideal for sipping your favorite fall drink.

I’ve been eyeing this clear bag for gameday to bring into the stadium. It’s $15 and comes in multiple colors, so you can find one that works with all your gameday outfits.

9/16/2019

Monday Mix


Though it’s still in the 90s here in Tuscaloosa, today’s Monday Mix is all fall inspired! I do love summer, but some cooler temps would be appreciated on my walks to class. If it’s fall where you are, I hope this week’s mix is more applicable to you. Here’s hoping for fall weather!

These tortoise earrings are under $30 and would be such a great staple for fall. The neutral colors go with countless outfits, and the floral shape is so feminine.

I love a good tweed piece for a business casual outfit. This short-sleeved top is great for dressing like fall even if the weather isn’t quite there yet. Grab an extra 15% off with code APPLES.

I haven’t switched over from iced coffee quite yet, but there’s nothing better than hot coffee on a cool fall morning. Evelyn Henson is my favorite artist and her new fall mug is too cute.

Fall colors are just so pretty, and this Essie nail polish in Stop Drop & Shop would be a great pop of color throughout the fall and into winter. 

Corduroy skirts are a staple for fall wardrobes and can easily be dressed up or down. I love the color of this one, and it’s only $15!

9/11/2019

Classic in Navy





dress (c/o) | crossbody | earrings (c/o) | shoes

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I love dresses. They are comfortable, look put together and don’t require matching pieces. What could be better?!

I wear dresses frequently at school. They’re easy to walk around campus in — going from classes to work to extracurriculars. They help keep me cool in the extended Tuscaloosa summer heat. This navy dress is already a favorite. The linen is breathable and relaxed, and the navy is perfect to wear during the transition from summer to fall, even if the temperatures are still high.

Paired with my seersucker mules and rattan crossbody, this look is a great everyday dress that could be easily dressed up or down. Swap out the crossbody with my backpack and I’m good to go for a day on campus.

This dress is from Navy Bleu, a new online boutique carrying all things navy. I love how classic navy is and its versatility with other colors. The boutique has so many great investment pieces like this dress that make perfect go-to pieces for years to come.

Do you have a favorite everyday dress?

9/10/2019

Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale


You may already know (and/or shopped), but the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale is on! It continues through tomorrow and is the best time to buy Lilly. The sale is large and has pieces from this spring and summer on huge markdown. I definitely wouldn’t miss it — especially if you’ve been eyeing an item this summer! Even though fall is just around the corner, Lilly said it best: “It’s always summer somewhere.”

I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite pieces from the sale below. I’ve loved the colorful prints and fun styles this year. Lilly is such a timeless, classic brand, and many of the styles below are ones in my closet in different prints. I love that you can wear Lilly pieces year after year and to a variety of events. I always receive compliments on my Lilly — most of which has been accumulated through years of shopping the After Party Sale.

My biggest tip: order items individually. If you know you will order an item, go ahead and pay for it immediately rather than continuing to browse the sale. Just because an item is in your cart doesn’t mean that it’s saved. You don’t want to miss your favorite just because someone got to it before you did.

Happy shopping!

9/09/2019

Monday Mix


Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend. We had the first home game in Tuscaloosa this weekend, which was so much fun, but very hot! Today’s Monday Mix has a few gameday picks, as well as a few items I’ve loved recently.

These marble earrings would make a great gameday accessory. The black and white would work well with many school colors, and they are currently on sale!

I ordered this charcoal dress last weekend and can’t wait to wear it for an upcoming gameday. It’s lightweight and perfect for the southern heat.

Mixing it up with these pineapple book ends. They would make a great addition to any desk and help keep your workspace organized.

Snakeskin is very popular in the south right now, and I picked up these snakeskin flatforms over the summer. They make a great going out shoe and are comfortable to wear all night long. They are a fun gameday shoe, too!

These fuzzy slippers may seem like an odd item in the mix, but they are great for keeping my feet warm around the house. This pair is only $20 and may be my favorite pair of shoes I own. So cozy and warm!

9/06/2019

Gameday with Kendra Scott







Happy Friday! Tomorrow is gameday in Tuscaloosa, and I couldn’t be more excited that football is back. I love Alabama for a number of reasons, and football is definitely on the list. Between meals at the house, tailgating, gameday traditions and cheering on the Tide, Saturdays in Tuscaloosa are guaranteed to be a good time.

In the SEC, we dress up for gamedays. I love putting together outfits for the games, and my closet has grown in its collection of white, gray and black. One of my favorite ways to add a touch of style to my outfit is through jewelry. These pieces from Kendra Scott will be perfect to wear all season long. 

The Keerti Drop Earrings in gold are such a great fun and versatile pair. They are so lightweight and easily can be worn all day long. I know I will be wearing these for more than just gameday, too!

I added this necklace in this week’s Monday Mix, and I can’t wait to wear it for gameday. It is dainty and adds a little sparkle to an outfit.

If I’m going to be holding my shaker all day, my wrist needs to have a pop of fun too! The Elton Gold Cuff Bracelet fits nicely and I don’t have to worry about it sliding off if I’m cheering a little too hard, ha!

I can’t wait to continue to wear these beautiful pieces throughout the season with different gameday looks.

What are your go-to gameday pieces? 

9/02/2019

Monday Mix


Happy Labor Day! I hope your weekend has been full of college football and relaxation. Today’s Monday Mix features a few great sale pieces that I wanted to share and other items I’ve been eyeing.

Changing up the usual statement earrings with this pretty, dainty necklace I recently received from Kendra Scott. It’s currently 20% off and a piece that would work well with a variety of outfits.

For me comfort is key, and this blue ruffled dress looks perfect for wearing all day long. The color would transition so nicely into fall and could easily be dressed up or down.

If you’re looking to grab a swimsuit on sale before next year, this navy one with ric rac detailing would be a classic for years to come. Get an extra 60% off with code SUNSET.

Gamedays are back (woohoo!) and I’ve been eyeing shoes that are comfortable to wear for a long day of tailgating and watching the Tide roll. These cream flatforms are $20 and could be worn all season long.

Printed silk scarves are so in right now, and this pretty one is currently on sale for Labor Day. I love how colorful this one is!

8/28/2019

Summer in Seersucker






Can you believe Labor Day weekend is here?! August felt like a long month at times and then short other times, but it’s hard to believe that September is right around the corner.

I used to associate the beginning of September with the start of fall. Now living in Tuscaloosa where it will be in the 80s all month, it feels like a never-ending summer. I’m excited to continue to wear this outfit a few more times before fall really arrives here in the south. It has been a favorite of mine all summer with its light colors and loose fit. I purchased this off-the-shoulder seersucker top in the Vineyard Vines x Target collection and love its versatility with jeans or shorts. These bow shorts have been in my closet for a few years, but I think this combo may be my favorite outfit with them yet. They are very comfortable and the bow adds such a fun touch.

I added my new favorite crossbody that I picked up for under $25 and my Steve Madden sandals. Both are great neutral accessories and are easy to dress up or down. My navy earrings provide a perfect complement. They are easily one of my most worn pairs. This outfit is easy to put together and is comfortable in the endless summer heat.

Do you have a favorite outfit from the summer?

8/26/2019

Monday Mix


Greetings from Tuscaloosa! I missed last week's Monday Mix due to moving in to my junior year room, which I can't wait to share with you soon. I'm excited to be back this week with so many cute items I've been eyeing this week.

Would it be a Monday Mix without a pair of statement earrings?! These pink and red ones are a great pop of color and could easily be worn year round. Get an extra 30% off with code WOAS30.

This hot pink eyelet top is so feminine and pretty. It would be a good transition piece from summer to fall, and it's currently 50% off with code WEARNOW.

I have been loving flatforms this summer, and this espadrille pair would be a perfect comfy pair for game days. They're currently under $20.

Now that school has started, I am wearing tennis skirts almost every day. This white tiered one is under $20 and also comes in black. 

Because it's back to school season, I'm ending with my new agenda that arrived last week. I love the Day Designer because of the daily pages and hourly schedules. I've started using mine already and can't wait to share how I organize it.

8/12/2019

Monday Mix



This week's Monday Mix is full of neutrals and blues... I guess Monday blues are real this week! I am finishing up my internship this week and heading back to Tuscaloosa this weekend. I may be preparing to go back to school, but this week's mix is still summery. 

This jumpsuit looks so comfy. A complete outfit with just one piece and under $25? Yes, please.

Throwing in another dorm decor item! I have a pineapple lamp in my room at school and it's such a fun personal touch. This gold one would work well with any color scheme.

I'm never one to turn away from earrings that work with any outfit. This white raffia pair is the perfect summer staple year after year.

Fun flats are my go-to for putting a personal touch on a business casual outfit. These blue flats are subtle but add a great color addition.

Bamboo handbags have been so popular this summer, and this darling purse is on the lower price end from others I've seen. It's feminine and versatile for any occasion in the summer.

8/11/2019

The Hampton Social in South Barrington

Last weekend, my parents and I went to dinner at the new Hampton Social location in South Barrington. I had been to the restaurant in the city a few times before, but I was excited that there would be a location opening up closer to where I live. My parents had never been to a Hampton Social before so I was excited to go with them to the coastal-inspired spot.





I wanted to share a few fun pictures I took of the new location. With navy furnishings and nautical details, guests are instantly transported into a shore-side environment. Quite a difference from the Chicago suburbs! Each room is so cute and bright. I would describe the overall aesthetic as bright and breezy — such a change from many restaurants. The lounge area is complete with a Rosé All Day wall which is perfect for pictures.






For an appetizer, we ordered the parmesan fried. They were so good and I could've eaten them as my meal. My mom and I split the fish and chips and an avocado and corn flatbread. Both were delicious and I would absolutely order again.



If you have the chance to go to a Hampton Social in the Chicago area, I highly recommend going! Delicious food, pretty interiors, and overall a good time. Can't wait to visit again when I come home next!


8/06/2019

My Move In Day Essentials


Move in season is here! I find move in day to be so exciting — decorating a new space, meeting or seeing your roommate and getting ready for the year ahead. Though it is exciting, it can be a long and exhausting day. I shared my tips for a smooth move in day here.

There are a few items that can help ease the process of move in day. Some may be obvious, but also may be easy to forget. Throughout my move in days the past few years I found these items made a small but helpful impact that helped keep the day moving.

Clorox Wipes
The first thing my mom and I did moving in both times was wipe the place down. The room has been sitting empty all summer — or potentially worse: full of campers. Who knows what kind of dust has collected in there? I highly recommend wiping everything down first to start fresh before moving in your own items.

Swifer Pads
Once you’ve cleaned everything, you may want to dust too. Swifer pads serve great as dusters and you can get so much use out of just one. These are great to have on hand during the year too.

Command Strips
It’s easy not to think of all the uses you may need a Command Strip for. Whether there are pictures or mirrors you want to hang, hooks for keys or towels, or any other items you may want to hang, I recommend having them on hand prior to moving in. I recommend using these generously to make sure it’s not going to fall off.

Scissors
In order to open any new items or packages, your hands will thank you at the end of the day if you use scissors. They will definitely speed up the process of opening various packages and are an easy to pack.

Trash Bags
There will be wrappers, Clorox wipes, you name it. All this trash will need a place to go! Having large trash bags is important for easily getting rid of stuff quickly. Even though it feels like you’re moving in items that you’re keeping, there will inevitably be a significant amount of trash. 

Coffee
This one is optional, but move in day is long! I definitely recommend picking up some caffeine to help keep you moving all day. A trip for coffee is always a good break in the day too.

What are your move in day essentials?

8/05/2019

Monday Mix


Happy Monday! The first Monday of August was a hot one here in Chicago. I feel like my Mondays are missing the usual excitement now that The Bachelorette is over, but I'm enjoying my last few weeks at home. 

This week's Monday Mix is a bit of a variety. Even though school starts in a few weeks, I'm in a summer state of mind so I chose summertime pieces and added one dorm item just because. 

These Bauble Bar earrings are just $20 and are so fun. I love the pink color and the tassel detailing. They feel like a great staple to have for summers to come.

I love gingham no matter the season, and this blue one-piece suit screams summertime. It's currently an additional 50% off with code SPLASH.

Throwing the dorm room item right in the middle to change it up, ha! I forgot to include this item in my Container Store sale post, but I highly recommend. It's great to place on a bedside table and creates extra space on the surface by grouping items like remotes, phone and glasses in one spot. It's currently $8 if you use the college discount!

Gold earrings are my go-to simply because they go with everything. These rattan hoops are a great neutral for summer and are only $9.

I mentioned it last week, I've been wearing cross body bags like crazy this summer. This one is currently on sale and would add a bright pop of color to any outfit.

8/01/2019

July Favorites


July feels like it flew by! Between the Fourth of July, my brother’s graduation party, a quick trip to my grandparents’ house, time with friends and interning, this month was a fun and busy one. August will be filled with a bittersweet ending to my internship followed by heading back to Tuscaloosa to start my junior year. It feels as though these last few weeks of summer just keeping moving faster and faster.

This month’s favorites post is a little bit of everything. From reading to watching to wearing, this roundup is a diverse collection. I found myself wanting to pull from my June list which I think is a good sign that I’ve found some favorites this summer.

I read a few great books this month but really want to recommend this one. I read it so quickly and was surprised by the ending. Suspense and thriller is not usually my favorite genre, but I really liked this one and can’t wait to see the movie coming out next year.

This was a product I featured in my summer beauty favorites last year, but I have continued to use it since. It’s a tinted moisturizer and isn’t as heavy as foundation. I’m no makeup pro, but love the light coverage it provides while also giving me color during the summer.

During the weekend, you can probably find me in a tennis skirt. I’ve found a number of cute ones at TJ Maxx all under $20 that are great quality. This one is similar to an older navy and white one in my closet, and I love feeling a bit more put together in a more casual outfit, ha!

I picked up this navy planner from Target earlier this month and am a big fan of how thin and light it is. During the school year I use a Day Designer, and I’ve enjoyed switching it up with a more compact planner during the summer. Highly suggest if you’re looking for a lightweight planner for the schoolyear.

This was another product I featured last year, but will continue to recommend. Each week I use a face mask to clean my skin and hydrate. The masks are inexpensive and are recommended for 30 minutes, but I usually leave it on for closer to 50 minutes to really let me skin soak up every last drop. I love how my skin feels so soft for days afterward too.

I watched the first season of Big Little Lies On Demand this month and was able to catch up and watch the last half of the second season live with my mom. I usually prefer movies over TV shows, but found this one so interesting. I loved watching the six different women’s stories intertwine and was in suspense until the end. The series has so many of my favorite actresses too! Though I watched the series first, I have the novel on my “to read” list and can’t wait to read.

What’s on your July favorites list?

7/29/2019

Monday Mix


Happy Monday! Anyone else been counting down to The Bachelorette finale tonight?! It's been fun to watch a fellow Alabama girl on the show this summer, but I'm excited to see what happens tonight. I'm torn between Tyler. Who are you rooting for?!

If you're looking to do some shopping during the commercial breaks, I've pulled together a few fun summery pieces for this week's Monday Mix. 

Pink earrings are my favorite because I love adding a pop of color to any outfit. This pink raffia pair is super cute and perfect for the summer.

Affordable dresses that you can wear summer after summer? Yes, please! This $21 seersucker dress is a timeless classic, and the ruffle front is such a pretty feminine touch.

I got the Kimmie Espadrille Wedges as a gift this spring and have worn them with quite the variety of outfits this summer. They are incredibly comfortable and are an easy way to dress up sundresses. I highly recommend if you're looking for shoes for recruitment!

Cross body bags have been my go-to this summer, and I just picked up this rattan cross body. Rattan has been so popular this summer, and I was happy to see this bag was only $25.

Move in is just around the corner, and I can't wait to incorporate this fun elephant into my room this year. It's small and doesn't take up a lot of space, and you can put items inside too. Now I just have to think of a name for him!

7/22/2019

Monday Mix: The Container Store College Sale



Happy Monday! I cannot believe that we are in the final stretch of July... it feels like it was just the Fourth of July. Is anyone else's summer flying by?!

Though I hate to think of summer ending, stores are ready for back to school. The Container Store's sale is one to look through if you're going to college this fall. Whether you're moving in a dorm or need a little more organization than last year, it's a great time to shop storage solutions on sale. For 20% off your purchase, text COLLEGE to 22922 or sign up online here.

Today's Monday Mix contains items I have used in my dorm and sorority room the past two years and would recommend. You can see all the items in action in my freshman and sophomore room reveals. Any or all the items work easily in a dorm room no matter your style.  

I love this necklace stand as a way to display my jewelry and easily find the piece I'm looking for. I use it for more than necklaces and hang earrings and sunglasses on the branches too. It's a great way to see all your pieces rather than having to dig through a drawer, bag, etc.

I can echo all of my comments about the necklace holder for the matching bracelet holder. The two pair so well together and take up minimal room on a shelf.

The acrylic trays are what I'll be picking up from the sale. My earring collection has grown (oops), and I can no longer fit my earrings on both displays. The acrylic trays are a clean and easy way to store my extra pairs. I like that the dividers in the trays are moveable so you can design the trays to fit your need.

My hot tool holder is an item I've had for years and highly recommend. I use it for my hair dryer, straightener and brushes. I like that these items have a place to go and cool after I'm done using them rather than melt a surface and have cords laying everywhere. It can sit on a surface itself or hook onto a towel rod making it easy to use in a variety of spaces.

The Poppin desk organizer is another item I've used both before and during college. I think my love for desk organization dates back to the first grade, ha! I am a big fan of how the tray cleanly holds different desk supplies all in one place and doesn't take up too much workspace on the desk or in a drawer. You can also buy the pieces separately too.

This rolling cart is an item I've used two different ways. In my freshman year dorm, it slid under my bed and held cleaning supplies, extra contact solution, etc. Last year in my sorority room, the first shelf was a mini workstation and held all my hair supplies by the mirror where I did my hair. Underneath I held extra supplies again. The wheels make the cart easy to move around and the shelves hold so much. You can really use the cart however you see the need and it looks clean on its own or tucked away.

Let me know if you find any great items from The Container Store sale!

7/18/2019

Nordstrom Sale Items I Own + Recommend



The Nordstrom Sale opens to the public today, and I wanted to share a few items included in the sale that I use frequently as a college student. I personally only shop the sale for investment pieces and items I know will last me for years to come. All the pieces in this roundup are either items I own or similar. 

My biggest recommendation for the sale is to stock up on Zella leggings and pants. My Zella leggings have held up much better than my Lululemon ones over the years, and I think the quality is incredibly similar if not the same.

I have the full length high waisted leggings, 7/8 leggings and the Plank pants. The high waisted full length are thick and are great for sucking everything in, ha! I love the 7/8s for warmer days and they are great for changing it up a bit. The Plank pants have a slight flare to them and are likely my favorite. The flare just makes them a bit more fun than traditional leggings. All the pants are under $30 (!!!) and the Plank pants are over 50% off. It's a great time to stock up on quality pants for the fall and winter. I wear leggings almost every day during the colder seasons, and these prices aren't likely to return during that time.

My next set of recommendations is investing in a few staple shoes college students are likely to wear year round. 

I ordered ankle rain boots after a rainy spring this year and liked them much more than anticipated. Walking around campus in knee high boots made for a long day, and I found them to be very heavy. Weather can be unpredictable too, so if I left the house when it was pouring but it was sunny an hour later, I was stuck wearing my heavy boots all day. The ankle boots are lightweight and keep my feet dry — great for wearing for long periods of time.

Though I love my new ankle rain boots, they don't keep my legs quite as dry as the knee high ones did. One of my least favorite things is being wet from the rain and sitting in a cold, air-conditioned classroom. It can be a long hour of being chilly and uncomfortable. The knee high boots are great for campuses full of puddles like Alabama and those days where it down pours the entire day. 

Having both pairs, I can't recommend one over the other. I think it's totally a personal decision based on how you'll be wearing them. The prices on the Hunter boots are lower during the sale, and I would recommend investing in a good pair of rain boots before heading to college.

The third pair of shoes I recommend are neutral slip ons. I have multiple pairs of neutral slip ons because I wear them so frequently. I love them because they're so easy to dress up or down. I can wear these to my on campus job dressed up or to go out on the weekend with a more casual look. The neutral color makes them easy to go with a number of outfits, and choosing a comfortable shoe is key to go from day to night.

My final set of recommendations is centered around tops. There are a few items in the sale that are great prices for how frequently I find myself wearing them.

I have a few fleece pullovers and even though I don't like cold weather, I love getting to pull them out  every year. This $50 cream pullover would easily go with a number of wintry outfits, and the fleece is sure to keep you warm. It's a comfortable staple piece that could be worn year after year.

Along a similar line is this Patagonia vest. I wear oversized t-shirts frequently at school, and a vest is a great layer to throw on over during those cooler days. I've had my fleece vest for years and wear it all the time during the cooler months.

I recently got a pink athleisure top and prefer it to oversized t-shirts for a bit more put together even in my casual outfits. I love the pop of pink year round, too! This $30 tank comes in the prettiest pastel colors and the fit is a bit more relaxed. Throw on a jacket and it transitions so easily for fall.

What are you eyeing from the Nordstrom sale?

7/17/2019

Sorority Recruitment Bag Essentials

Sorority recruitment is just around the corner, and I cannot believe it was almost two years ago that I was a potential new member! One of my most read blog posts is what I wore for sorority recruitment, so I thought I would share what I put in my recruitment bag this year. As I wrote in that post,  I do not want any of my recruitment posts to come across like I am some sort of coach, but I found these types of posts helpful when I was going through recruitment. 


For my bag during recruitment, I chose a medium sized pink Kate Spade tote that I had had for years. It truly does not matter what kind of bag you use — you won't bring it inside any of the houses, so it doesn't need to be a reflection of your style. All bags will sit outside the houses under tents and are watched by Rho Chis or Rho Gammas. I recommend using something that is practical and you don't mind setting on the ground. 

Additionally, I recommend not overfilling your bag. Once you determine what you'll put in it, I would not recommend adding other random items you're unlikely to use. It is a long day and depending on transportation, you do not want to carry an unnecessarily heavy bag on a long walk back to your dorm after a long, hot day. 

While my list is what worked for me in August in the South, there are countless lists of other items I may have missed. A quick search may give you more ideas. Now onto what I put in my bag...

Refillable Water Bottle - It's so important to stay hydrated all day long in the heat. Panhellenic will likely have water stations, so a refillable water bottle is crucial for staying cool and refreshed on the long days.

Hand Towel - On days later in the week, the parties you are invited to may be far apart. Depending on where your parties are, you may have to sit on the sidewalk, the grass, or wherever is available. I even sat in a parking garage for an hour during a rain delay! I recommend bringing a hand towel to sit on so your outfits don't get dirty.

Flip Flops - While I just talked about sitting down between parties, you'll likely spend most of the day on your feet. There is nothing worse than sore or blistered feet on a walk back to the dorm, so sticking in some flip flops are an easy way to provide comfort between or after parties.

Personal Fan - This was my holy grail during recruitment. It is HOT, especially in the South. Having a fan kept me cool between parties and on my breaks. I personally think this is the most important item on this list.

Pen and Notebook - Remembering names, conversations, and how you felt about each house and experience is incredibly important for voting, but it can be difficult to do at the end of the day. I recommend carrying a small notebook with a pen to jot down any thoughts after every house that you can look back on at the end of the day or week. Panhellenic may provide a booklet for notes and that is a great item too!

Portable Phone Charger - It is a long day, and though you won't be on your phone much during the day, I'd recommend a portable phone charger just in case. If you have a long break between parties or are keeping notes on your phone, it's nice to have the charger should you need it.

Blotting Wipes - The fan kept me cool, but blotting wipes helped keep my face from getting oily in between parties. I definitely recommend them for trying to hold your make up all day. 

Make Up - This is a personal choice, but I kept mascara, powder and eyeliner with me during the day in case I needed a touch up. I recommend a lip gloss over a lipstick — the lipstick may melt in the sun, and you don't want it getting all over your bag!

Brush and Hair Tie - After my last party of the day, the first thing I did was put my hair up. It was so nice to have it off my neck and away from my face in the heat. These are two lightweight items that aren't necessary, but I was thankful I had them. 

Snack - Sometimes lunch can feel so far away, or if a rain delay occurs in the afternoon, voting may not end until way after dinner time. I kept a snack bag of Goldfish and a granola bar in my bag in case I got hungry during the day. I wouldn't recommend anything with chocolate — it'll melt!

Mints - If you have a snack... you're going to want a mint afterward. I had mints all the time during recruitment because I was talking all day. I would highly recommend mints over gum. You don't want to forget to throw out your gum and be chomping on gum while talking to a potential sister.

Band Aids - It's a long week on your feet, and a blister is likely to occur at some point or another. I recommend throwing a small pack of band aids in your bag so you're ready if/when you need them.

Kleenex - These are just a good item to have on hand regardless. Can't recommend them for any reason other than the convenience.

Hand Sanitizer - Going to lunch with grimy hands is the worst feeling. Throw in a travel size hand sanitizer and you're set for eating with clean hands all week.

Current sorority members, have I forgotten anything?! 

If you are going through recruitment this fall, best of luck and remember to be yourself! I hope this post helps you pack your perfect recruitment bag.

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