After College Tips!

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Ever since the beginning of May, when I graduated from Ole Miss, I have been stressing about where my life path will take me. I have been applying to jobs, editing my resume almost weekly for any possible errors, and checking my inbox like it’s my job.

However, I have recently been trying to focus on bettering myself. What do I mean by bettering myself? I mean pushing myself, taking a leap and applying for jobs that I thought I wasn’t good enough for. I mean educating myself, finding out who I am and what’s going on around me, researching jobs, cities, companies, clients, and case studies. This has all been a lot of work but it has been very rewarding.

Today’s blog post includes three websites that have been very helpful for me and I am currently obsessing over.

Educate yourself:

I have been trying to educate myself by subscribing to companies such as GoTidbits and the Skimm and reading up!

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GoTidbits is a website with “the inside scoop for the gal about town.” You can choose to subscribe to Tidbits for the inside scoop on a variety of cities such as: Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Minneapolis, Nashville, New Orleans, San Antonio, and San Diego. Or you can subscribe to “everywhere” to learn the inside scoop on all of the listed cities! You can also choose to subscribe to Kidbits! I follow San Antonio Tidbits, Dallas Tidbits, Austin Tidbits, and Houston Tidbits because those are the primary areas that I am looking for jobs. When you subscribe, you will get free Tidbit emails sent to your inbox twice-weekly!

This is a great subscription if you are new to one of the cities listed above, or if you are simply wanting to get more involved! Tidbits has all the inside information about absolutely everything for women, including: local fashion, cuisine, cocktail culture, beauty, and tidbits. There is also TidbitsTreats which provides subscribers with coupons to places around town! Also, Tidbits has a Tastemakers section where Tidbits sits down and has a couple of cocktails with the stars! You can read interviews with people such as Bravo Star Brad Goreski, Lauren Conrad, Tory Burch, Brian Patrick Flynn, Jonathan Adler, and so many more interesting people! Tidbits is also in the process of creating a Social Diary, which is a social calendar with dates for sip and style events. This calendar is perfect for someone who is new in town and wants to meet people, or if you want to score some great deals at local stores!

To subscribe to GoTidbits, click here.

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The Skimm is a free subscription that sends you daily emails Monday-Friday about what is going on in the world. If you’re young or in your early 20s like me, this is a great way to stay in touch with the news. My favorite thing about this subscription is that they do the reading for you, you just have to skim through! No need to go to several different newspaper website, or read through several different newspapers, but who reads newspapers nowadays? Sad, but true. These daily emails are a great thing to read first thing in the morning so that you are caught up and know what’s going on in the world around you.

Today’s Skimm included…

  • A quote of the day, which was from Steve Martin (one of my favorite actors, he is such a precious old man).
  • Lots of information regarding the Islamic extremist group, ISIS, and Iran.
  • The World Cup news – who beat who, what teams are playing today, even a special term called a “hat trick” so that you can impress others in conversation about the World Cup.
  • News about the Russian gas company Gazprom
  • News about Kenya
  • The death of Tony Gwynn (baseball legend)
  • News about Argentina
  • Things to know (Shangri-La is not a place, it’s a fictional paradise from a 1930s novel and is now a luxury hotel chain).
  • Skimm Gift (enter to win a VIP trip for a two-night stay at The Breakers in Palm Beach, $500 Lilly Pulitzer Shopping spree, a $500 Travel Voucher, and more!!)

To subscribe to theSkimm, click here.

Both GoTidbits and theSkimm are great subscriptions to further your knowledge about what’s going on in your life, both locally and worldwide! Trust me, you’re going to want to subscribe to these two companies and you won’t regret it!

What’s your personality type?

Tonight I took a quiz that showcases possible career paths for different personality types from Good Co’s Personality Canvas. My quiz results were surprisingly very accurate! FYI the quiz is completely free, the website is not a scam (that was my first reaction when I saw a link for a personality quiz…which other companies actually charge to see results for).

My Results

My Results

My results:

  • I am both an idealist and an advocate. But I am more of an idealist. My idealist side says that I am innovative and tolerant. My advocate side says that I am empathetic, reliable, and pragmatic.
  • My unique strengths are that I am warm, fair, patient, friendly, steady, and methodical.
  • My unique idealist traits are that I am someone who is very understanding and tolerant.
  • My ideal organizational archetype: Nuclear Family. According to the website, the Nuclear Family is, “Like the Brady Bunch of the working world, the Nuclear Family is fun, creative, and collaborative. Although they’re quite innovative and enjoy a family-like atmosphere, they maintain a structured environment and adhere to a clear employment hierarchy. Employees can expect fair compensation and opportunity for advancement based on seniority (groovy bellbottoms not included).”
  • My workplace approach: “You tend to be conscientious, accurate, and methodical. You like to stick to the plan. You are likely to be well-organized. You are good with deadlines. You tend to always meet your obligations. You will more often than not do your share of the work. You hate to let others down. You are likely to be a team player who doesn’t seek personal glory. You prefer your role to be clearly defined. You tend to be more of a persuader rather than a dominant leader. You are very encouraging of people. You are good at delegating work and getting people involved. You are likely to be friendly and relaxed with others. You tend be among the most likeable on a team.”

But the website doesn’t only give you results, it gives you lots of other information regarding your personality type in the workplace!

The website also tells you about your…

  • Social type (mine is motivating!)
  • Work type (mine is collaborative!)
  • Key trait (mine is curiosity!)
  • Famous celebrities (celebrities with your personality traits)
  • Career tips (for people with your personality type)
  • Ideal jobs
  • Work style
  • How to communicate with people of your same personality type
  • How to handle conflict with people of your same personality type
  • How your archetype works with others (i.e. rock, technician, humanitarian, dreamer, go-getter, socialite, protector, strategist, inventor, straight shooter, advocate, maverick, caretaker, visionary, and mastermind)

Once you have found out your archetype you can…

  • See fit with your job – See how well you fit with your company and manager at your current job (anonymously).
  • Find peer compatibility
  • Understand your team
  • View company cultures – Find somewhere that lets you shine, discover companies and teams that match your work style.
  • Explore high-fit jobs – Discover jobs that are in-sync with your personality, skills, and ambitions.

You can also share your quiz results via Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, or email so that prospective employers can learn more about you!

I hope these websites interest you and help you out as much as they have helped me out!

xoxo, Megan

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Today’s post is dedicated to Father’s Day tomorrow. Here are some gifts for your dad, all under $150! Happy early Father’s Day everyone! Enjoy these gift ideas…

Father's Day 2014 Gift Guide

Father’s Day 2014 Gift Guide

  1. ‘Golf Resorts Volume II’ from Ralph Lauren $59.95
  2. ‘Yellow Lab Needlepoint Hat’ in Navy from Smathers & Branson $35.00
  3. ‘Stripe (Pink & Blue) Needlepoint Cufflinks’ from Smathers & Branson $55.00
  4. Southern Tide ‘Outer Banks Bow Tie’ from Southern Tide $59.50
  5. ‘Nike Core Body-Mapping’ Golf Shirt in Military Blue/White from Nike $65.00
  6. ‘Nike Sport Carry Lite’ Golf Bag in Black/Silver-Anthracite from Nike $129.00

xoxo, Megan

What I’m Currently Reading

I’m not a big reader. I know I should be but I have a pretty low attention span and long boring books seem to deter my eye. I typically like to read “page turners,” like most people probably do. I enjoy reading books that make me laugh. In the past few years I have read Bossypants by Tina Fey, Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me Chelsea by Chelsea Handler, My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands by Chelsea Handler, Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me by Chelsea Handler, and White Girl Problems by Babe Walker. I’m currently reading Babe Walker’s newest book, Psychos. As you can see, I read for pleasure…not for educational purposes.

Bossypants is hilarious, I love Tina Fey. My favorite Chelsea Handler book would have to be Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me. I mean, you cannot read these books in public if you’re going to be embarrassed by randomly laughing out loud, because this book WILL make you laugh out loud. But I would highly recommend reading all of her books, including her new one (which I have heard is great) Uganda Kidding Me.

Currently, I am reading Psychos by Babe Walker. I knew I wanted to read Babe Walker’s new book after I read White Girl Problems last summer. Babe’s books are filled with sarcastic humor, Babe’s lingo, and designer fashion.

After I finish reading Psychos, I want to read Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, and after that Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling. Gone Girl has been made into a movie and will be released in theaters on October 3, 2014. I typically do not like to read books that become movies because everyone always complains about how “it wasn’t like the book.” I enjoy movies and I don’t want that experience to be ruined because I was criticizing every single difference from the book! However, I am going to read Gone Girl because so many of my friends have told me that it’s an absolute must-read, so now I’m convinced! I also want to read Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling because I recently finished watching the second season of The Mindy Project on Hulu Plus. Mindy Kaling is hilarious in The Mindy Project, so I’m excited to read her book!

xoxo, Megan

What’s In My Purse?

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As we all know, a woman’s purse is a secret haven. It seems like women store everything that one could possibly need within the hidden walls of their purse. Whether it’s a Band-Aid, brush, the perfect lip gloss, or a snack, women have what they need at all times.

In my purse, I carry my basic necessities. I always have to have a good chapstick and lip gloss. Today I was carrying several types! It’s an absolute must for me to carry around my comb, if you know me — you know my hair is pretty much always perfectly in place. That wouldn’t be possible if I didn’t touch it up every now and then throughout the day! During these cold months (yes it’s still a little chilly sometimes here in Oxford, yes I know it’s almost May) it’s also essential to moisturize! I choose to moisturize my hands with Lubriderm Advanced Therapy Lotion, it’s non-greasy and smells good too! And for whenever the sun does decide to come out, I’m prepared to block the sun with my Tory Burch Aviators, and protect my neck from sweat with this fun cheetah print hair tie.

What’s in my purse:

  • Goody comb
  • Lubriderm Advanced Therapy Lotion
  • Cheetah hair tie
  • Brown hair clip
  • Keys with Smathers and Branson “Parsons Stripe Needlepoint Key Fob” key chain
  • Orbit Gum
  • EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balm in ‘Sweet Mint’
  • Clinique Long Last Gloss Longtemps in ‘Clearly Pink’
  • Blistex Five Star Lip Protection chapstick
  • Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip color Balm in ‘Volumptuous Violet’
  • Marc Jacobs Daisy Roll-on perfume
  • Tory Burch Aviators from her Spring 2013 collection
  • Tory Burch Wallet in Brown from several seasons ago
  • Marc by Marc Jacobs ‘Classic Q Wingman’ wristlet in ‘Cinnamon stick’

xoxo, Megan

 

My 2014 New Year’s Resolutions

New Year's Eve 2014As the fireworks burst into the sky and the champagne is being served, I began to ponder what the New Year will bring. I’ve been so blessed in 2013. I started my senior year at Ole Miss, created this blog, made new friends and stronger friendships, and much more. With the ringing in of a New Year, I know I can expect a fresh, new start. I will be graduating from Ole Miss in May and will hopefully be starting a new job. Although leaving Ole Miss will be so hard, I know that I have much to look forward to in 2014.

Every year I make several resolutions. Most never make it past a couple of months and the rest are the same ones passed down from previous New Year’s. This year however, I wanted to choose resolutions that are not only practical but they are also obtainable…and here they are:

Do one random act of kindness per month (possibly more than once a month).

I decided to choose this New Year’s resolution after I was given a free meal in the drive-thru at Chick-Fil-A. I know it might sound silly, but I had tears in my eyes as the cashier told me that the lady in front of me had payed for my meal and said, “she does it often.” It’s such a small and selfless act of kindness and I think it’s a great way to pay it forward.

I started this New Year’s resolution on New Year’s Eve. My bar tab was $17.00 and I tipped the bartender $10.00. He blew me a kiss and I instantly felt better. He also gave great service so that made me really feel like my act of kindness was going the extra mile, because he deserved it.

Eat healthy.

I know what you are all thinking, this is everyone’s New Year’s resolution, and you’re right, it probably is. However, I’m not trying to go on a crazy diet or eat vegetables and fruits all day only. I’m just trying to train my mind and body to eat healthier, simple as that. I want to train myself to want to eat healthier, not feel forced. So for me this includes not going to get iced coffee and a bagel/muffin every morning on my way to class, as well as being lazy and getting fast food or going out to eat when instead I could be cooking something more healthy at home.

Cook More.

I rarely ever cook and I by no means consider myself a chef. I have always admired my mother’s and aunt’s cooking capabilities and figured that I would never be able to cook such wonderful meals. However, this year I want to try to cook a lot more and I also want to challenge myself to cook things that would normally scare me away, such as steak, which I would probably ruin somehow. I’m willing to challenge myself to prepare delicious, and sometimes challenging meals so that I can one day cook great meals for my family and friends.

Work on my blog.

I started this blog in November and have since written several blog posts and posted many things to my Instagram and Pinterest accounts. However, I want to step up my “blogging game” and really challenge myself to create an amazing, fun, and interesting blog. I plan on writing many more posts as well as writing those posts more often.

I hope my New Year’s resolutions have inspired you! And I hope 2014 brings you good changes, happiness, and love. Wish me luck!

xoxo, Megan

2013 Holiday Gift Guide: Under $20

There’s nothing better than a great gift at a great price! Why splurge when you have so many other gifts to buy for your family and friends? I’ve found these cute gifts at a great price, perfect for spreading the love to your family, friends, coworkers, and anyone else on your shopping list!

Holiday Gift Guide: Under $20

  • Chevron Coasters — $12.50 from J.Crew.
  • Ceramic Jewelry Tray — $19.50 from J.Crew. This also comes in a couple other colors!
  • Fair Isle Trouser Socks — $14.50 from J.Crew.
  • Things We Love Eat Cake For Breakfast Mug by Kate Spade New York — $20.00.
  • Holiday Gift Guide: Under $20Lilly Pulitzer Wine Tote in ‘Garden By The Sea’ — $20.00.
  • ‘Break The Ice’ Insulated Tumbler by Kate Spade New York — $18.00 from Nordstrom.
  • Jonathan Adler 2013-2014 Agenda in ‘Dunbar Road’ — $20.00 from Swoozies.
  • ‘Paris Is Always’ Note Pads (2-pack) by Ben’s Garden — $14.00 from Nordstrom.

I hope you enjoy!

xoxo, Megan

2013 Holiday Gift Guide: Under $50

Christmas shopping can be fun, but it can also tug on your wallet. But it doesn’t have to be an expensive experience. Plan ahead this year! Keep track of all of your favorite store’s sales and beat the crowd! These are a few great gifts that I have found online that are under $50. I will be posting more gift guides throughout the holiday season, so stay tuned!

Holiday Gift Guide: Under $50

  • Acrylic Cambridge Monogram Bracelet (top left) — $48.00 from Moon and Lola. These bracelets come in many different colors! This website is a fantastic place to get any and all monogrammed jewelry! Trust me, I would know, I’m a fanatic of monograms!
  • Deena & Ozzy Hammered Cross-body Bag (top right) — $42.00 from Urban Outfitters. This bag also comes in several other colors!
  • Glitter Box Set (bottom left) — $30.00 from Kate Spade New York. These socks are too cute and come in great Christmas colors!
  • Dainty Texas Necklace (middle bottom row) — $46.00 from The Impeccable Pig. I’m from Texas so, of course, I love this necklace!
  • Neiman Marcus Exclusive Four Monogrammed Coasters (bottom right) — $34.00
  • Holiday Gift Guide: Under $50Crane & Co. For J.Crew ‘Merci’ Card Set (top left) — $24.50 from J.Crew. These thank you cards are so cute! And who doesn’t need to re-stock their thank you notes? I know I get plenty of use from them.
  • ‘To The Moon’ Pillow by Primitives by Kathy (top right) — $24.00 from Nordstrom. This pillow is too cute! It can also easily match with other pillows, therefore whoever you give this gift to (even if it’s for yourself, I won’t tell!) you won’t have to worry about it not going well with their decor.
  • ‘Color Me Glossy’ Lip Glaze Set by Stila (bottom left) — $28.00 from Nordstrom. I personally love Stila lip gloss. This gift makes for a great stocking stuffer too!
  •  Kate Spade New York Drop Earrings (middle bottom row) — $48.00 from Nordstrom. These Kate Spade earrings also come in several other colors! These earrings are so classic, a great purchase for a friend or relative, or even yourself!
  • ‘Be Dazzling’ Scented Candle by Kate Spade New York (bottom right) — $40.00 from Nordstrom. This candle also comes in black and white polka dots. Who doesn’t love a good candle? I know I sure do!
  • Holiday Gift Guide: Under $50‘101 Recipes You Can’t Live Without’ Cookbook by Macmillan (top left) — $24.99 from Nordstrom. Ok someone needs to get me this! I need to get in the kitchen and learn how to make yummy new recipes, because only knowing how to make mac n’ cheese and scrambled eggs isn’t cutting it.
  • ‘Everyday Pretty’ Lip & Eye Palette by Bobbi Brown (top right) — $30.00 from Nordstrom. This is a great stocking stuffer!
  • Boxed Initial Pendant by Nadri (right) — $38.00 from Nordstrom. This is a classic gift and a great stocking stuffer!
  • Etched Enamel Bangle in ‘Natural’ (bottom left) — $39.50 from J.Crew. This bangle also comes in two other colors!
  • Acrylic Hartford Block Monogram Post Earrings (bottom right) — $44.00 from Moon and Lola. These come in many different colors!

I hope you enjoy these goodies as much as I do!

xoxo, Megan

Why YOU Need to Rent The Runway

Rent the Runway

This year I became a debutante for the San Antonio German Club. I have used Rent the Runway for every single debutante party and have had such a great experience! A lot of these debutante events require a floor-length gown and my mother and I both agreed that there was just simply no need to buy multiple floor-length gowns that I was only going to wear once. Therefore, I discovered the wonderful Rent the Runway website!

If you don’t know, Rent the Runway is a website that has everything from dresses, jewelry, and essentials such as Spanx, fashion tape, adhesive bras, and more. Just like their name says, Rent the Runway offers designer items that you can find straight from the runway!

I personally am obsessed with Rent the Runway because it is the perfect way to wear a fabulous dress to a special occasion, and not be tempted to outfit repeat. Not only is it great for avoiding an outfit repeat, but it is also great for when you need a certain dress, such as a formal gown, that you will probably only wear once and there’s no need for you to purchase it and have it sitting in the back of your closet sadly gathering dust.

How Rent the Runway Works:

  • Choose your “Rental Delivery Date”  — exactly which month/day you want your item(s) to be delivered and sitting beautifully at your doorstep. *Note: I would choose your items to be delivered one or two days before you actually need to wear them, just in case there is an issue in delivery.
  • Choose your size
  • Type in your zip code

You can then choose…

  • Your price range! — One of my favorite tools while shopping online, that way you can avoid temptation (I clearly have too much temptation while shopping online) of items that you just can’t afford.
  • Color/Print — This is a great way to avoid wasting time looking at things you might not need, if you’re shopping in a hurry! For instance, trying to find a dress for a Valentine’s Day themed party and only wanting a pink or red dress.
  • Length of Dress (if you’re shopping for dresses) — You can choose short: mini, mid-thigh length, knee-length, or tea length. Or you can choose to search for long dresses!
  • Trend — Choose from a wide variety of today’s trends such as: beaded, burgundy, color-block, cut outs, emerald, jumpsuits, lace, maxi, metallic, peplum, or sequins! It’s practically like a personal shopper telling you exactly what is in-style!
  • Body Type — Which includes: apple, athletic, bump friendly (for the women that are expecting out there!), full bust, hourglass, pear, petite, and straight & narrow.
  • Occasion — Which includes: date, formal affair, party, vacation, and wedding.
  • Sleeve — Which includes: 3/4 sleeve, cap sleeve, long sleeve, short sleeve, sleeveless, and strapless.
  • Neckline — Which includes: boat, cowl, crew, halter, high neck, off the shoulder, one shoulder, scoop, shirt collar, square, straight, sweetheart, and v-neck.
  • Age — Which includes: teens, early 20s, late 20s, 30s, and 40s +
  • Style — Which includes: classic, edgy, feminine, preppy, and trendy.
  • Designer — Which includes a long list of great designers from A-Z!

How You Rent Your Item(s):

  • Select your size (if it isn’t already there)
  • Select a second FREE size — This is a great bonus!! I know that shopping for clothes online can be scary because every body is different, but this free additional size makes trying on dresses from the Internet easy! Plus you can measure yourself using the size & fit notes
  • Select the days you would like your dress to arrive — You can choose either 4 days or 8 days. Be sure to choose it before your original scheduled delivery date, I would say a day or two before your scheduled delivery date just to be safe.

What Happens Next?

You’ll receive your item(s) and love them, that’s what happens next! But really, you will, and you will also receive a pre-addressed envelope for when you need to send your item(s) back to Rent the Runway.

What I Love about Rent the Runway:

  • Free additional size, need I say more?
  • You don’t even have to dry clean the dress before sending it back, again, need I say more? One less thing to pay for!
  • Speaking of one less thing to pay for, Rent the Runway includes a pre-addressed envelope for when you need to send your item(s) back! I personally dread going to the Post Office to return items because sometimes it’s just a hassle, but this pre-addressed envelope makes it all so simple! You just put your item(s) in the envelope and drop it off at the Post Office, that’s it!
  • Customer photos — This might be my absolute favorite part about Rent the Runway. All dresses look good on a model, we all hope they’ll look the same on us but let’s face it we’re not all a size zero. Customer photos allow you to look at tons of pictures that real customers have uploaded onto the Rent the Runway website. These reviews include photos, what size they bought, sometimes their body type or size even, the extra size they ordered, and a detailed but brief review about what they liked/disliked and what worked/didn’t work. I usually read reviews before I buy anything online, and I always submit reviews after purchasing items online, but, in my opinion, Rent the Runway truly “takes the cake” for best review method. Their customer reviews really do help!
  • Avoiding the temptation to re-wear an outfit — Let me make myself clear, I absolutely 100% am an outfit repeater. However, for big events such as a party or wedding, I really try not to repeat a dress (at least within the same year). I think a fancy dress is such a beautiful thing and so memorable that it needs one and only one magnificent debut, and then it can be saved for a later date. Although, I do break this rule when it comes to solid color dresses. You can easily “change-up” a solid color dress with new jewelry, a new clutch, or unique pumps! But with patterned dresses I try to stick to my rule of not re-wearing the outfit.
  • It’s perfect for ordering something in advance, and not having to worry about it when it comes close to that special occasion.

I hope this helps! Now go rent yourself something special!!

xoxo, Megan