Scarves-not just for Winter!

Hi friends! Today I am super excited to share some pictures of a way that I styled a trend that I have been seeing recently on other bloggers. I have seen many bloggers wearing scarves or bandannas, especially with off the shoulder tops. Although this isn’t the first time I have worn this look, it’s absolutely the first time I have worn it without looking like an airline attendant(lol.) I really liked how comfy and chic this whole outfit was, just adding a few bracelets and a watch really elevated the look. Unfortunately, its been raining for 3 days straight here in Indy. Fortunately, that means I can wear my pink Hunters! I honestly love these precious boots, but I hardly ever get to wear them. This extreme weather totally called for boots! I hope you these photos inspire you to try wearing a cute scarf-finally figuring out how to make this trend look good on me reminded to not discount something if it doesn’t work the first time!

Shirt
Scarf(similar)

Boots

XOXO

Minnie

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What’s in My Library Bag

Hi friends! I have been wanting to do a blog post on some books that are pretty amazing. Some of these are books that I have read recently, while some are old favorites. Be sure to stick around and skim this post for next read 😉

If you are looking for a Fantasy book…

The cracks in the Kingdom by Jaclyn Moriarty

This book is on my list of top 5 books that I have ever read. I just this week finished the third in the series, which is A tangle of gold, but The cracks in the Kingdom is my favorite. Essentially, it’s a combination between a fantasy world called Cello, and the “real world” that we live in. It’s incredible the detail that Moriarty goes into to describe Cello.

If you are looking for a book involving history(or art)…

Strapless by Deborah Davis

Strapless is a book that made me go from simplify appreciating John Singer Sargent’s art, to searching the website of my nearest art museum to see if they had any of his art. The book is about the infamous Madame X portrait, the women in the painting, Sargent himself, and a few other key characters who happen to be in a few artworks as well. This is a great book to take on vacation, due to it’s short length and light, yet intriguing plot.

If you are looking for a good classic…

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt

I am so glad that I have come to a point in my education where I find many of the books that we read in school interesting. This book was a choice for a project in school, and after hearing a friend sing it’s praises, I read it. The book takes place in Savannah, Georgia( it will totally make you want to visit there, by the way) and discusses how a conservative culture in the book deals with certain events or facts that they believe to be the truth.

 

 

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Disney Recap!

Hi friends! If you have been following me on Instagram, then I’m sure you know that I went to Florida for Spring Break, and we also went to Disney World. Some of my family lives in Florida, so we go quite often(which I am very grateful for), but this time we also went to Disney for a few days. This was super exciting because I hadn’t been to Disney for a few years. This blog post is just going to have a lot of photos and basically a summary of all the places that we went to, but I hope to do some Disney tips and recommendations in a later post, so stay tuned for that 🙂

Day 1: Magic Kingdom

The first day at Disney, we got up super early and took the bus to the parks from our hotel( we stayed at the Caribbean Beach Resort, which was GOREGOUS). We were all super worried because the weather looked pretty cloudy and it even started to rain once the park opened- thankfully, it stopped within a couple hours.

 

My aunt and younger cousin were with us, so we went on a lot of the rides in Fantasy Land(my favorites were the Peter Pan ride and of course, the teacups!) We also had a lot of fun riding the race track!

We had lunch at the Be Our Guest counter service restaurant, which is equally beautiful and yummy.

I took so many photos of the Dumbo ride because it is probably my favorite one in the Magic Kingdom! Dumbo is one of my favorite characters by far, so it’s fitting that this ride would be my preference.

Also, I may or may have not screamed out of joy when I saw the ADORABLE Tangled village. So cute! I loved that they were playing music from the movie 😉

OUTFIT

Shirt(Disney Store, similar)

Jean Shorts(Altard State, similar)

Minnie Ears(very similar link, I got mine on Etsy)

Day 2: Epcot(and Magic Kingdom!)

So when we went to Disney, we thought everything would go EXACTLY as we had planned(this was not the case.) But in reality, it ended up even better in the end, so that’s a lesson for you, right? Our original plan was to go to Magic Kingdom the first day, Epcot the second, and back to Magic Kingdom on the last day. It turned out that 3 of the rides at Epcot were broken( two of which we had Fast Passes for, and one was the Frozen ride!) Because of this, we left a little bit early and headed over to Magic Kingdom, where we ate some adorable Mickey shaped Ice cream bars, and in a picture-perfect moment, watched the firework show from the top of the Dumbo ride(also ya girl went on Splash Mountain for the first time!) Nevertheless, Epcot is my favorite park(which always surprises people), so I had an amazing adventure there.

The first order of business was to race to the Soarin’ ride so we could be first in line. The ride was amazing, but in typical Meredith fashion, I left my Minnie ears in the theater and had to go back to two theaters, which took a solid 30 minutes, but in the end I found them so it all worked out 🙂

Then we attempted to go on a Memo ride but it was broken so we went on the Living with the Land ride, which I remembered from last time, and adored it.

Next, we started to walk through all the countries. I don’t have pictures from all of them, so I will include the ones I do have.

Mexico

Norway

This is the School Bread in Norway! It had read about it on multiple blogs, so I thought I would give it a try! It has a very unique taste, but I liked it.

For dinner at Epcot, we went to a Norwegian restaurant with amazing food- but the best part was seeing Snow White, Belle, Jasmine, Ariel, and Cinderella. I got so excited hahaha.

China

Italy

Oh yeah Italy, loving this cool architecture.

How cute is my mom’s purse? Linked here.

France

Then we went to the Magic Kingdom, where I had my first ever Mickey ice cream bar( I was so obsessed that I had one the next day lol.) After this, we went on Dumbo, because y’all KNOW how obsessed I am with it, and the fireworks were going off while we were on it! It was super cool(and a little scary). Such a fun day! Even though we didn’t get to go on everything that we wanted, Epcot was still super cool.

OUTFIT

Dress(similar)

Day 3:Animal Kingdom

Our last day didn’t have many photos- we took the monorail to a character breakfast at the Polynesian resort, and headed over to Animal Kingdom. I have been to Animal Kingdom once a pretty long time ago, and my mom and sister have never been. We went on one ride and walked around for about an hour. I really liked the decorations and seeing the animals. Before we left the happiest place on Earth, we hung out at the pool for a few more hours and grabbed LOTS of Mickey-shaped treats to-go.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post, hopefully I will have another blog post up about Disney soon!

XOXO

Minnie

 

 

 

 

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Spring Updates and Cute Plants

Hi friends! I apologize for the lack of posts recently. Honestly, Midterms have been crazy and studying for them has taken so much time out of my schedule. But I am back and ready to start talking about all things Spring! I typically don’t love Spring, it is usually my least favorite season. But this year, seeing all the cute spring trends and thinking about Spring Break has really gotten me excited! It is the start of a new year: which I am anxious to dive into and experience. I most looking forward to the amazing classes that I signed up for next school year, and traveling to a couple new places! Something that I did a few weeks ago that I have been wanting to try for awhile is get some indoor plants! I went over to Lowe’s and picked out three tiny little succulent and cacti. I love how low maintenance they are and I hope to pick up a few more soon.

Grafted Moon Cactus

This vibrant cactus caught my eye at the store! It came in pink, red and yellow-but I think the pink is most popular, as there were only a couple left, and then recently when I went back to Lowe’s they were totally sold out! I would like to get another one in yellow.

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Assorted Succulents

For only $6 I got this cute dish with gravel and three different types of succulents in it. P.S. Since taking this photo, the grafted moon cactus has been repotted into a real pot.

Thank y’all so much for reading!

XOXO

Minnie

 

 

 

 

 

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Galentine’s Day Snaps

Hi friends! Today I am sooooo excited to show you some pictures from a little Valentine’s Day party that I had with some of my friends and give you a couple tips if you decide to have one too! As you will notice, I get a lot of my recipes and ideas from Pinterest, so be sure to follow me on there to stay updated with my current favorites 🙂

Food

Because my friends were super sweet and they all brought some goodies, I just made a few snacks. We made this delicious pink hot chocolate(it’s pink! how cool) which I have made in the past for other events. My mom also whipped up this yummy artichoke dip that is super yummy with tortilla chips. Of course, we had tons of cookies and candy, because it wouldn’t be Galentine’s Day without sugar 😉

Décor

I wasn’t super into decorating that much for this little event, but I still found some lovely décor for really really really good deals! I got a cute light pink and gold sign from the Target dollar section and this light up garland for the mantle. We also put out candy hearts and pink m and m’s.

Photos

Overall we had a lot of fun and I’m really glad that we could have a fun little event!

I hope that you enjoyed reading today’s post! Have a lovely Valentine’s Day!

XOXO

Minnie

 

 

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Vests, Plaid, and Arm Candy

Hi friends! Today I am sharing an outfit that has been my go-to for when I have really simple plans and it saves me a lot of time when I am worrying about what I should wear. First off, I have to give a big shootout to one of my favorite blogs to read- Hello Modesty! I originally saw this basic flannel on her website when she wrote a post on multiple different ways to style it. The best part is that this flannel was less than $15 when I purchased it(unfortunately I believe it has sold out, so I will attach some others that are similar at then end of the post.)

I styled this basic top with my favorite vest right now, which y’all have seen on my Instagram and some older posts. I found it in the kids department at Belk over fall break. I also wore my Adidas color switch sneakers(also from the kids department hahaha) to balance the black in the plaid.

My favorite part of this outfit was how I styled my bracelets. Recently, I have started wearing this basic gold watch from Charming Charlie. Some of my teachers do not have clocks in their rooms so it’s great to be able to keep track of time during tests and such. The next set of bracelets that I wore were 3 Alex and Ani gold bangles(ps. Nordstrom Rack has been having a multitude of various Alex and Ani bracelets on sale recently so be sure to check them out if you want to add something new to your daily stack.) Lastly, I wore this cute but random turtle and heart bracelet. You have probably seen them sold with elephant and monkey beads before, but my favorites are the turtle ones so I pick them up whenever I see them.

Plaid flannel(similar)//Vest(similar)//Shoes(similar)//Watch(similar)

Minnie’s Note

My apologies that I could not find direct links to any of the items, I did my best to find products that were very similar. The Plaid flannel and Watch that are linked are almost identical to the ones I am wearing in the photos 🙂

XOXO

Minnie

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Sandcloud Towels

Hi friends! Today I am sharing some really exciting news- I recently became a brand ambassador for the company Sandcloud! You have probably heard of them or seen some of their gorgeous, hand-made towels on Instagram before. Their motto is ‘save the fishes’ and 10% of all their sales go towards supporting marine life. Although they are mostly known for their patterned towels, they also sell a variety of accessories like rose-gold necklaces, water bottles, and t-shirts. I recently purchased a gorgeous patterned towel and I cannot wait to use it! For 25% off your whole order, use the code meredithfa25.

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20 things that make me oh so happy

Hi friends! I am blogging to you on New Year’s Eve and thought that it would be a great day to post my 20 things that make me oh so happy post. I was tagged to do this by one of my FAVORITE bloggers, Anne, whose blog I have been reading since before I even decided to start my own blog. I had lots of fun writing this, and thinking about my favorite things has really been great and will help me start off the year on a positive note!

1.Discovering new museums or visiting some of my favorites

NSU Art Museum(left)

The Art Institute of Chicago(right)

2.Photo shoots with my friends

3.Swim meets where I get to cheer on my school 🙂

4.My Chihuahua, Chipper

5.Chicago

I’m sure that y’all already know by now that I am very, very, very obsessed with Chicago.Lol. Also, my mom took this photo earlier this year and I have it printed out by my desk… isn’t it gorgeous?

6.Coffee shops

 

I think everyone agrees that coffee shops are where the most work gets done 😉

7.Pretty Stationary

I’m lookin’ at you Rifle Paper Co.

8.When you finally get a book from the library that you have been waiting weeks to get

9.Brunch

10.Grocery Stores that have EVERYTHING

I understand that this is a weird one… but this store has a brunch restaurant and a blow out bar within the store!

11.Christmastime in the city

Not gonna lie to myself…I totally mean Chicago and only Chicago when I say ‘the city.’

12.Sitting in bed with my fairy lights on, watching Netflix or browsing Pinterest

13.Fresh flowers

My favorites are peonies(the state flower of Indiana-woot woot!), lilies, and sunflowers.

14.Adventures of any size

15.Finding really cute clothes at goodwill or a thrift store that are super cheap

16.My favorite book, A Separate Peace

I read a lot of books, so for me to say that it’s my favorite is crazy 😉 so glad that I read it this year.

17.Baking

Cookies, cupcakes, cakes… anything that is sweet.

18.Nature hikes

19.Bodies of water

Pools, the ocean… mostly the ocean 😉

20.Lazy mornings with coffee and donuts

Thank you so much for reading! Can’t wait to see what 2017 has to hold for Inthelifeofminnie.

XOXO

Minnie

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3 Tips for Layering in Cold Weather

Hi friends! Today I will be sharing with you some ways to stay warm by layering without sacrificing your style. I find that as the winter gets colder and more severe, I tend to just throw on sweatpants and uggs and call it a day. While that perfectly fine for me on some days, I usually work better when I like what I am wearing.

1.Pom-Pom hats

Although these hats have been popular in the past, these cute beanies seemed to have found a definite place in winter trends this year. Not a day goes by where I don’t scroll through my instagram to see some polished blogger wearing one of these knitted hats with a fur pom-pom, holding a Starbucks, and likely holding a Chanel bag. They really elevate your look. Here are some of my favorites.

Forever 21 (pssst! This one is on sale!)

Topshop

2.Tall boots

A trend that started last year and is only continuing to grow are tall, specifically over-the-knee boots. I think I am a little to short to pull them off, but they can make an outfit look really chic. I have also seen some people wear tall Ugg boots and make them look very cute. Paired with adorable boot socks, these are great to wear in the snow.

Ugg

Forever 21

3. Puffer Vests

Puffer vests have been an obsession of mine this winter. Somehow I acquired 3 of them… how did that happen? Anyways, they are perfect to pair with a flannel, a sweater, or a long sleeved shirt for the warmer days, and on cold days you can wear a flannel, sweater, thin vest and a jacket which will keep you supper warm. One of my favorites is the J.Crew herringbone vest, which I recently purchased and have had lots of fun styling.

Thanks for reading- Happy Holidays!

XOXO

Minnie

 

 

 

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3 Tips for Studying for Finals

Hi friends! I hope you are a having a relaxing Sunday! Although my Sunday has been productive, I wouldn’t say that it is relaxing. As Winter Break quickly approaches, so does Final Exams. I had a few requests to write a post on how to study for, prepare, and just generally not stress over finals.

1. Plan out what you will need to study

One of the hardest parts about studying for big tests, especially finals, is that you are sometimes missing notes, worksheets, or handouts that you need to study. The best way to avoid this is to look at your study guide and go through homework, notes, and worksheets, so that you will have all the materials you need to study. I will write down all of the materials I need and check off if I have them. If I don’t, then I need to check on my school’s website, ask a friend, email the teacher, or ask the teacher during class. Here is an example of my AP United States History sheet with all the resources I need.

2. Find a way to study that works for you

Something that my parents love to tell me is that I need to study SMARTER, not HARDER. Once you find a way of studying that works for you, don’t waste your time doing something else. I personally find that I remember information the most by rewriting notes, studying in small groups, and watching educational videos like Crash course. I used to spend hours making Quigley sets in hopes that I would use them to study, but I would forget that I had made the sets and never study them! Now I just write them on notecards and study them whenever I have time, which is a lot more helpful.

3. Set breaks for yourself

It is so so so important that you allow yourself times to rest while you are studying. One of the worst things that you can do is try and finish a packet in 3 hours with now breaks, because you will inevitably get distracted and bored. I try and work for an hour and then take a 15 minute break.

Good luck on you final exams!

XOXO

Minnie

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