halfway done with college – some thoughts

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Surprise! It’s not Monday but I decided to write up a quick post while I’m in the midst of preparing for final exams. This past weekend, my roommates dragged me out of the library to go with them to Pike Place Market since the weather was absolutely gorgeous, and we had said all quarter that we wanted to have one last “roommate date” before the end of the year.

I’m one of those people who need other people to make me go out and do fun things, or I will literally spend all day/night studying. Luckily, my roommates are exactly the people I need in my life.

I’ve had my fair share of Pike Place already, especially when I spent last summer in Seattle, but I always love the touristy vibes of the crowded alleys in the market – I can’t help wondering if Pike Place is just a small taste of what it’ll feel like strolling through the markets in Europe.

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(P.S. – peonies are my NEW favorite type of flower. I was so tempted to buy a bouquet just for myself!)

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My roommates are seriously the cutest, and always photo-ready!!

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One of my roommates highly recommended Le Panier right by the market, and as you can tell by the bag, it’s a “very French bakery”. I got an iced latte and almond croissant, and it was so good, I highly recommend! This treat has me anticipating all the pastries in Paris when I’m there in July!

This trip to Pike Place was honestly what I needed before diving into final exams, but it is 143% crazy to me that I’m halfway done with college. HALFWAY. I mean I’ll probably do more school after college, but that’s beside the point. Why is it that two years in high school felt like ages longer than two years in college? I’m astounded that I’ll have obtained my bachelor’s in another two years; there are still so many people I want to meet, places I want to see, and things I want to do! It scares me that I’m only 20 but I feel like time already goes by so fast. So many times throughout this year, it felt like there was an hourglass constantly running and that I was always crunched for time.

One thing I’ve constantly been thinking about lately is to slow down. It’s ingrained in my mind to have a “go-go-go” mentality as a #girlboss, and it’s definitely still what I aspire to be. But that usually means I don’t get to enjoy anything I do, or savor any of it, because it’s just flying by. Strolling around Pike Place this weekend reminded me to just enjoy the now.

Why do I work so hard now? I answer by telling myself that I need to work hard now, play later. But as an adult, isn’t it… just more work? So when will I get to enjoy just the mere lifestyle of being a young adult? I’m hoping that with my upcoming trip to Europe, I’ll learn more things about myself and what I need to do for myself to be more content than I am now (not that I’m unhappy now, there’s just always a peak of happiness that I’m trying to reach). Not just for myself either, but to learn how to make others around me more content with the way my energy feeds off to other people.

xx

Jen

skirts & sun

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I hope everyone is having a wonderful long weekend and Memorial Day. For me, these past two weeks in Seattle with the sun shining everyday has left me in the best mood, and not even studying for finals has me complaining! It’s the last official week of spring quarter classes – I can’t believe my sophomore year is pretty much over!

I mentioned last week that I shot some outfits with my friend, so here they are! This is probably one of my favorite outfits/photoshoots I’ve ever done. The lighting, the location, the outfit, it was all perfect! This is also probably what I’ll be wearing to Europe this summer (more on that later!).

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I love wearing skirts – long, short, middie – you name it! I’m all for the feminine feel of a twirly skirt. Not going to lie, this outfit was highly inspired by Julia from Gal Meets Glam‘s style!

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The ruffles on the sleeves, y’all, the ruffles! A super airy shirt, perfect for high-temperature days. This top is from Uniqlo, and I am pleasantly surprised by how much I love this top and the quality. This is my first purchase from them and I’ll be returning shortly!

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Can we talk about this pleated skirt for a second? When I was browsing through Target, this skirt immediately caught my eye because of its vibrant colors and perfect length.

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This is probably my go-to necklace; since it’s such a pale pink, it goes with a lot of neutral clothes, or even a colorful skirt, without being too loud

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Y’all know my obsession with lace-up, pointy flats!

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I bought this pair of sunglasses from Nordstrom BP in preparation for the sun in Rome later in June, but I couldn’t wait to wear them! I immediately pulled them out for the sun in Seattle these past couple of weeks. I love the rose-gold colors and the shape of the lens! I’ll definitely be picking up more pairs from BP before I leave the states.

White Top (similar) // Pleated Skirt // Lace-up flats (similar) // Watch (similar) // Sunglasses // Necklace (old)

 

What do you all think?

life updates – camera roll edition

Hello everyone!

The sun has FINALLY made its appearance in Seattle and I think it’s here to stay! It’s amazing what the sun can do to the soul; I don’t think I get Seasonal Affective Disorder, but the sun definitely puts me in a better mood.

I’m squeezing in this blog post on a Saturday morning before brunch – I’ve been so busy! I thought it’d be fun to let y’all know what I’ve been up to lately, using the photos on my iPhone camera roll! Please excuse some of the photos that are Snapchat quality 😁

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As usual, I’m always trying out new coffeeshops! I had heard a lot of amazing things about Slate Coffee Roasters (and of course, their aesthetic is on point!), but when I went and ordered their iced coffee, it was very disappointing. It was way too watered down and there was nothing special to it.

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I’m always returning to Post Alley Cafe, an age-old favorite of mine. I love going in the early morning and getting some work done while sipping a 12-oz latte.

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I’ve also been networking a ton! I was able to speak with someone who works in the accounting department at Starbucks for an assignment for one of my classes. Y’all, the corporate office is so freaking cool. Obviously, they have their own Starbucks coffeeshop in the building and I even waved to the executive chairman, Howard Schultz!

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I also got the chance to talk to someone working in the accounting department at Nordstrom – it’s the dream, y’all!

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I’ve casually been attending fancy dinners hosted by my business school. Y’all, the perks, I’m telling ya!

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One of my very good friends was in a dance show earlier and of course I had to attend! I love buying flowers for my friends who love art and love performing it. It’s one of those things I’ll never get tired of.

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I was also in my own dance show! I’ve been busy going to rehearsals multiple times a week, and I’m actually pretty exhausted. It’s been a wonderful experience though, and the dance program is so welcoming and friendly. I’m so happy I was part of such an uplifting experience!

Whew, that’s it for now! I was able to get some outfit shoots done yesterday in the beautiful, sunny weather, so look forward to those in the weeks to come.

Until then, I’ll just be holed in a corner with my accounting textbook until finals are done, and getting my travel plans finalized, eeep!

Talk soon!

Jen

5 books i want to read before the end of 2017

Hi everyone!

I’m currently in the midst of making my travel plans and realized that I’m going to be on airplanes/ferries/buses pretty much for the entirety of the trip 😪 What better way to pass the time than read a few books? And to be honest, I’ve only read one book this year. THAT IS THE SADDEST THING. I don’t know where my time went this year, honestly. I haven’t decided if I want to listen to these on audiobook, but I’ll definitely be bringing my Kindle regardless.

I don’t think I’ll be able to finish more than five books by the end of 2017, so I’ve picked the five that I for sure want to read.

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  1. The Hopefuls by Jennifer Close // I actually started this one during spring break and got halfway through, and haven’t had the chance to finish it yet! From what I’ve read, I really enjoyed it so far. It’s set in Georgetown and has the drama of living near the White House.

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2. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg // This term, “Lean in”, has been thrown around my community for so long that I really just need to read it. I’m thinking this one will be an audiobook read (I tend to like listening to non-fiction!).

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3. My (Not So) Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella // Confessions of a Shopaholic will always have a special place in my heart, and I’ve heard wonderful things about Sophie Kinsella’s most recent release. It looks right up my alley, and light enough for a travel read. Plus, it’s set in London – one of my study abroad locations!

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4. The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza // I started this one earlier in 2017 as well, and only got 10% through before I got busy again (are you seeing a trend here?). It’s totally got a Devil Wears Prada vibe, and I loved what I read so far. Books/movies set in New York with a woman working in the fashion/magazine industry is straight-up my guilty pleasure.

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5. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne // Competition in the publishing industry? YES. This one sounds like such a fun read, and the rave reviews have me really curious and wanting to pick this one up. Plus, how darling is that cover?

Crossing my fingers I’ll be able to get around to these five books before 2017 ends – now that this list is on my blog, maybe I’ll be held accountable for it?

What do you plan on picking up before the end of the year?

it doesn’t hurt to try

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Happy Friday!

Yeah… whoops! I haven’t posted in exactly a month, and I deeply apologize!

After spring quarter started, everything has been absolutely crazy. I only have classes twice a week, but somehow, my time has been occupied with my (very stressful) finance class, extracurriculars, and maybe too many coffee dates. I just finished my round of midterms and eeep, y’all, spring quarter is over in just a few weeks and then I’m off to the best summer ever abroad in Europe! (Post about travels plans coming soon!)

Today I wanted to talk about something that happened earlier this quarter. I meant to write this when it was fresh in my head, but (see above), I’ve been busy. As most of you know, I’m studying accounting right now in college and started the recruiting process early. If you’re not familiar with the accounting recruiting process, it’s basically where students meet with professionals from the public accounting firms and start networking to them to see if they’re a good fit for the firm, and eventually interview to see if they get accepted into the firms’ leadership programs, internships, or full-time positions.

I had an amazing mentor this year who really allowed and inspired me to go for stuff. I’ve been disappointed and let-down before when applying to things and getting rejected because I was too young. To be honest though, I’m numb to rejection now; I still can’t decide if it’s a good thing or not to be “numb”, but I like to think that I’m resilient. I had the opportunity earlier this year to apply to a ton of things even though I wasn’t “qualified” (graduation year, necessary education), but my mentor still encouraged me to apply. She said, “You never know”. So I did.

Just a few weeks ago, I got an offer at one of the public accounting firms that I really love. I few weeks after, I got another offer. I was shocked. This – all of this – is what I get for just trying?

If it weren’t for my mentor, I wouldn’t have felt this success and achievement. And that’s just it – you will never know if you don’t try. It doesn’t hurt to try – unless you’re wounded easily. I think it’ll be a different growth process for everyone because some people have a hard shell like me, and some are a little softer and aren’t used to rejection yet. But trying it out, learning the feeling of what rejection feels like, toughens the skin like nothing else.