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Friday, April 29, 2016

Articles I'm Reading

  1. Loving the NYT style section this week // A Monogram as Skillfully Made as the Suitcase It Adorns // The New York Times 
  2. I love WS and reading this article made me love it even more // How Amanda Haas Rose from Sales Associate to Culinary Director of Williams-Sonoma // The Everygirl
  3. Budapest is one of my favorite places & this really shows its beauty // by Instagram | Places: Budapest, Hungary // This is Glamorous 
  4. Great if you have stuff to do // Girl Boss Playlist // Studio DIY
  5. This gave me serious chills since it is my university & I loved the layout of the site // The Reckoning: The Storie of Claire Wilson // Texas Monthly
  6. I want to read this SO BAD // Curtis Sittenfeld's 'Eligible' Updates Austen's 'Pride and Prejudice' // The New York Times 

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Retreat Spring 2016

My spirit organizaiton made our annual trek to the LBJ National Historic Site {see last year's} and despite the rain we had a great time! I've included a few of the photos because the spot on the Pedernales River is gorgeous & the house is so cute-xoxo darling, Hayden.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Week Re-Cap

OH MY GOODNESS, it is Wednesday, that means I have less than two weeks left in the amazing city that is Austin, Texas. I am kind of freaking out about that because there is still so much to be done {projects, papers, finals} not to mention {packing, cleaning} and of course {crying}. Some of my best friends are graduating in May so I have quite a few "last meals" with people and events to celebrate. All of the posts over the next week and a half are planned out and will post on the regular schedule but they will probably lack some personal touches because I will be studying. I hope that y'all are doing well on your finals {if you have them} & that you are excited for the summer to start {I know I am, London here I come}-xoxo darling, Hayden.

 Getting caught up with an iced latte at Mozart's on Thursday. 

 Followed by a Czech movie! 

And donuts...of course.

After an amazing photoshoot at East Austin Succulents we tried Summermoon.



 A few shots from our luau mixer on Friday. 

 We went kayaking on Saturday afternoon.

And Sunday we had a photoshoot for our recruitment season. 

When Hannah got home from her retreat we went
 to Rudy's for BBQ & Amy's! 

Libby and I went to Mozarts (I know, again) after I took my Media Law final so she could study & I could read some more of the Lilly biography. {via}

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Lilly in the Snow

So if y'all didn't already know I am kind of obsessed with the brand Kiel James Patrick. Not so much their stuff but their brand as a whole. Their instagram accounts & blogs are absolutely amazing. So when I saw that I would be going right through where their supposed factory is, I knew I had to stop by. I have no clue if they actually work from there or if it is just the address listed on their site, but that is the building so there you go! 

Friday, April 22, 2016

Articles I'm Reading

  1. I have always wanted to go to the Met Opera & these people's stories were so cool // Dressing Up for the Met Opera // The New York Times
  2. I haven't been to Charleston in so long & this post made me want to go ASAP! // Spring Break in Charleston // Rhyme & Reason
  3. Such a cute article about Reese // Resse Witherspoon and Draper James with O Magazine on The Coveteur
  4. I love the idea of a weekly supper club. It would be so much fun to test my cooking skills in a fun setting // How to Start a Weekly Supper Club // The Everygirl
  5. I am so weirdly intrigued by Fairy Bread & I thought these were so cute! // DIY Fairy Bread Sprinkles // Studio DIY
  6. I have been following Emily & G for so long & this is the sweetest post about their relationship // Four Year Anniversary // Cupcakes & Cashmere

Thursday, April 21, 2016

A Day in the Texas Hill Country

A few weeks ago the bestie and I ventured into the Texas Hill Country {not that it is a new territory for us or anything}. We lunched in Dripping Springs, took a nap on Pedernales Falls, visited Luckenbach, and then had dinner in Fredericksburg. It was a fantastic way to spend a Saturday! Below I have photos of what we did including captions with links to everything so if you are ever in the hill country you can do them too! Let me know your favorite things-xoxo darling, Hayden.

Thyme & Dough is in Dripping Springs and my former roommate Devi is from there & suggested it. Hannah & I loved it! Their pesto sandwich was perfect accompanied by the lemon {for Hannah} & Italian Wedding cake {for me}. 

Their table numbers were so cute: "Isn't it lovely out today!"

Just casually posing among the Bluebonnets.

Pedernales Falls is Hannah & I's favorite place 
{possibly in the state of Texas}. 

Luckenbach is quite possibly one of the cutest places in Texas. 
Hannah was literally freaking out the entire time we were there 
& there was live music! 

The Luckenbach dance hall was so cute! 

We ate dinner at Pasta Bella in Fredericksburg & then grabbed some {delicious} 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Week Re-Cap

What a week. It started off really great, went to a concert, took Libby's senior photos, went on a retreat, went to a dinner party, but it has ended in some not so great times. I woke up Monday morning not feeling well and Tuesday spent all day in bed watching bad movies {the bad where they are so good kind}. I am feeling better today & I have a super important speech tonight at Council meeting so wish me luck! Friday I am supposed to go to a party & Saturday I will be kayaking. What are y'all up to? -xoxo darling, Hayden.

 My video partner & I participating in the #IAmExcellent campgain on campus. 

Rocking the hospital gown & Chuck Taylor look.

My big in Comm Council is now president! 

Missing Rhode Island a lot this week {via}.

On Thursday night Hannah & I went to a charity concert thrown by Matthew McConaughey featuring Dierks Bentley & Kasey Musgraves! 

I tried Bubble Tea for the first time & I kind of liked it! 

I took Libby's senior photos & they turned out so good! 

The Ladybirds retreat was on Saturday {photos coming soon!}.

Saturday night some of my friends hosted an Ina Garten dinner party.

We each had to make an Ina dish & everyone's was delicious! 

My lemon bars were one of the best desserts according to everyone at the party.

The tablescape was so cute! 

Sophie is Ina Garten.

Hannah's Honors Day was on Sunday for Moody so I went to support the bestie.

Her mom is honestly one of the sweetest people! 

It was LB's initiation on Monday {and we had to do it inside due to rain}. 

If you couldn't tell I was super proud of the amazing group of women we have this semester. 

The little got initiated {while wearing Lilly I might add}! 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

101 in 1001 Update

In the past few months I have really gotten serious about my 101 {here}. I realized I have less than a year & I need to crack down. Since then I have checked off 12 items & I am really close on 10 more. I did not realize how hard some of them would be, probably because I didn't know when I made the list how hard college would be. Reading 40 books took me so much longer than it would have taken me in high school. Watching movies has been more difficult (mainly because Netflix doesn't have the classics) because a lot of times I do not have time to sit for two plus hours and fully dedicate myself to an amazing film. But I am chugging along trying to finish as many as possible. My goal is 94 because there are some on the list that after I had done more research I realized were impossible. Some I just do not care about anymore, it is amazing how much your perspectives on things change when you go off to school. But I am doing as many as I can because I have learned a lot about myself along the way...and to be honest I am really excited to make my next list! 

No. 2: Read at least 40 new books total. 
This took so.long. And I am kind of disapointed in myself for that. But I have finally check it off & I loved almost all of the books I read that are listed on the 101 list. I am still reading (see No. 1 below) my biographies so I am keeping up with my reading. 
No. 6: Unsubscribe from the hundreds of unwanted email lists.
Hannah was the one who finally convinced me to do this one! I am very happy to say that my old way of getting emails (100+ a day) is now down to about 50 (and they are all relevant)! I no longer get clothing emails because I never looked at them & certainly never bought anything. I also stopped getting a ton of junk mail that I had always been to lazy to delete! 

No. 12: See a TED Talk Live.
When I found out TED was coming to UT I immediately put in my calendar would tickets would go on sale & I am so happy I did because the tickets sold out in 30 minutes. Seeing TED talks live was really cool (sometimes a litte boring) but overall kind of awesome. They were recorded and now people from all over the world can watch them. It is such a cool thing & I really think TED talks are extremely important to learn about the world in a fun way so I would highly encourage anyone to go see them! 
No. 12: Do at least 5 DIY projects. 
I had not really thought about the fact that all of my Big/Little gifts were DIY projects but when I finally did I realized I had done way more than 5 DIYs! 
No. 46: See five Audrey Hepburn films. 
My goal was to see Audrey movies I had never seen before but due to issues with not being able to see "Paris When it Sizzles" because I only have access to Netflix streaming & I could not rent it/find it on the Internet, I ended up ending my five with Roman Holiday. My favorite of all of them was definitely Charade, I had no idea I would love it so much! Then My Fair Lady followed by How to Steal a Million, Funny Face & Roman Holiday. 
No. 58: Buy a lottery ticket. 
A lot of my friends when we turned 18 went and purchased a lottery ticket. What did I do? I turned in my voters registration paperwork (#PoliSciMajorParentProbs). So I finally did this over winter break because there is this thing called the Powerball that I did not really understand but understood enough that it was a big deal so I bought one. Did I win? Hahaha no, that is why I have never bought one in the past and probably never will. 
No. 82: Give up soda once and for all [I have the occasional one & it needs to stop!].
Yes. So proud. Done. Check it off. I only drink it when I have a killer headache now because for some reason it really helps. 

No. 86: Find the best BBQ in Texas. 
After many months (it might actually be years) I have finally decided on what I think is the best BBQ in Texas. Now let me clarify, I am not just about the meat. I think the atmosphere, meat, and sides all make up a good BBQ place. So my favorite is Black's. They have really good sides, really good meat, and the atmosphere looks like they tried. If we were going just on meat it would be Franklin (is that cliche of my Austin-ite self to say)? I have also loved Salt Lick, Kreuz Market, Terry Black's, and so many others in the state of Texas. But Black's is, what I think, the best. 

No. 91: Visit two friends in college.

This was so.much.fun. I went to Boston a few weeks ago & visited both Bri & Justine. We had a great time (and ate a lot fo great food)! It was so much fun to see each of their schools/dorms/how much their lives are different from mine (I mean come on it snowed while I was there). 
No. 93: Watch all of the Best Pictures from the Oscars. 
This one was also a real challenge. I saw some of them before they were nominated (Spotlight, The Big Short, Mad Max, The Revenant). The rest I saw right after they were nominated & I really liked all of them. I did not understand why some were nominated for Best Picture but I didn't hate any of them which surprised me! Spotlight was the one I saw that I loved the entire time & I actually screamed & jumped up and down when it won (because let's be real I didn't see it coming). 
No. 98: Buy personlized stationary. 
So to be perfectly honest I completely forgot I had done this for the longest time. I have this big basket of cards/stationary for all occasions in my apartment and somehow my personalized stationary got pushed to the very back & I never saw it. And let's be honest, it is so cute I don't want to use it! So I actually do have personalized stationary & now I am planning to use it! 
No.101: Inspire someone else to make a 101 in 1001 list. 
Two of my friends have actually been inspired by my list, Devi & Hannah. Hannah actually started a blog (Pardon my French) & her 101 was difficult to come up with but I helped her & she is very excited to start checking off the items. 

Upcoming Goals:
No. 1: Read five biographies. 
Currently working on DV & Lilly with plans to find three more very soon! 
No. 21: Study in all ten UT libraries. 
I have done 7/10 so I am seriously trying to get this completed by the end of the semester. I have been to so many different buildings & seen so many new things by going to each of these libraries. I have learned a lot about my campus just by sitting somewhere surfing BuzzFeed (honestly). I also learned that the Classics Library's three study desks are full by 9am so I have to get there early. 
No. 23: Visit Congress Ave. Bridge in summer to see the bats.
This is another goal of mine to finish by the end of the semester. The bats should be back & I have never actually done this (which is typically met by disbelief from my friends). 
No. 29 Go to at least five live music shows. 
Hannah was so surprised that this was only five but as someone who had never been to a concert before freshman year it was a large number for me! I have since been to 4/5! I am so proud of myself for branching out and saying that 3/4 of those were country! (I mean I do live in Texas...) I am currently looking for the final concert to go out with a bang.
No. 37 Visit a flea market. 
When I was doing research about where to go I stumbled across the Austin Country Market and found out that it was named in the Top 10 best by Travel Channel. So Hannah & I are planning to make a trip out to East Austin very soon! 
No. 45: See ten classic films. 
This has been one of the most rewarding parts of my list thus far. I can finally talk to my dad about classic movies and not seem like I have never seen anything. I have also discovered that I really love old movies. Lawrence of Arabia has been one of my favorites but so has Giant and then there are all of the musicals like 42nd Street, Singin' in the Rain & An American in Paris! Not to mention the Hitchcock perfection of Rear Window & North by Northwest! Seriously, I have enjoyed all of the films I have seen & I am currently trying to get up the gumption to finish the list with The Bridge on the River Kwai.
No. 65: Make a rainbow layer cake. 
Right after I made the decision to bake a rainbow layer cake for the last Ladybird meeting I regretted my decision. When I made Hannah's ombre cake I had a rough time but a rainbow cake?! What was I thinking? Oh well, I am going to do it, it may not be perfect or the most beautiful cake ever but I got this...hopefully. 
No. 76 Have hot tea and read for at least 30min once a week for three months.
You know something is real when you create this as a check list item in your planner for the next three months. Here goes nothing! 
No. 94: Brush up on geography of the world. 
Wow, this has been so much fun! I had started this with country capitals & I soon realized I needed to focus on certain continents, mainly Africa. So I redid my flashcards and now I am trying to make sure I know all of the countries & their respecitve capitals in Africa, wish my brain luck! 

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Rhode Island Ready

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Week Re-Cap

Hannah & I really needed some Shake Shack 
during MCOC week. 

 This week I was able to participate in Pie a President 
where we raised over $8,000! 

 The calm before the storm.

After my first pie. 


I was pied in the face a total of 6 times y'all. That whipped cream was everywhere. 

*waves to 101 in 1001*

A frat was doing a "donut tab" at Voodoo so of course Hannah & I went.

 Cookies after a successful MCOC week! 


We did a 5k on saturday, I should say I power walked.

 After the 5k we went to the Texas Hill Country to relax {via}.

The Ladybirds adopted a street & cleaned it up on Sunday. 

After which I finally tried Mighty Cone {and loved it}! 

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Plaid Capitol

Location // Rhode Island State House

Friday, April 8, 2016

Articles I'm Reading

  1. Since I am kind of obsessed with hats and this article is about hats, it was perfect // Centuries of Hats // The New York Times 
  2. I seriously must visit this when I visit Caline this summer // House by the Sea that Inspired Christian Dior, Normandy, France // This is Glamorous 
  3. Very Interesting... // Louboutin's Nudes Collection Now Includes Flats // The Cut
  4. Some of these are very true; some I would avoid // How to Experience Austin Away From the Tourism // The Everygirl
  5. I was laughing out loud in the middle of the Union while I read this // This College Kid Gave His Mom A Life-Size Cutout Of Himself And She Had A Field Day // Buzz Feed 
  6. Ditto for this one // 27 Stores That Were Named By Absolute Geniuses // Buzz Feed

Thursday, April 7, 2016

A Day at the Beach

When I was home for spring break I had the opportunity to go out to Boca Grande {my favorite place where I live as discussed here, here, here, here, and here}. However, it was not exactly how I planned for it to be. A huge, thick fog surrounded the island so it ended up looking like Seattle/San Francisco/Oregon instead of Florida. But that didn't stop my dad & I from having a good time! Have any of y'all been to Boca Grande? -xoxo darling, Hayden.

The classic Boca Grande lighthouse

There has been a lot of erosion on the beach {it doesn't change how fabulous it is} so the steps don't touch the ground! {via}

Fresh fish & chips at Miller's Dockside: my family's 
favorite place to eat on island.

A selfie with the Gasparilla Inn.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Week Re-Cap

Oh what a fabulous week. The end of last week went really well and the beginning of this week has been great! As y'all could see on my Instagram & Snapchat {hayden213} I was in Boston & then parts of Rhode Island! It was such a fun weekend getaway and I got to cross some things off my 101 in 1001! This week is the Moody College of Communication Week of which I am the chair so it is stressful but fun at the same time. How are y'all doing? -xoxo darling, Hayden. 

 A study session with some of my sisters.

 Finally got to try the new Ice Scrapers.

 Friendly's pancakes started out our family vacation. 

 I got to see Bri!!! 

 And Justine!!!

 Some super pretty gelato on Newbury Street {via}.



When in New England...

A homemade donut at the cutest little place in Jamaica Plain.

 Our first event of the Moody College of Communication Week was a success! 

So I made the geofilter for our event & 
it is live on Snapchat! 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Boca Bargoon

Friday, April 1, 2016

Articles I'm Reading

  1. I accidentally included this article in last week's "Articles" as well as this week, but it is still an amazing read // Inside Irs Apfel's (Very, Very Busy) Week in Paris // The New York Times 
  2. These are such cool places // The Best Middle of Nowhere Roadtrip Attractions // Thrillist 
  3. I want to go to more of these // The 25 Most Stunning College Buildings in America // Thrillist 
  4. Fredericksburg is the perfect town for a weekend getaway // The Best Off-The-Grid Towns in America // Thrillist 
  5. There are so many words I know I pronounce wrong & then there are these // Words You're Pronouncing Wrong // Pure Wow
  6. This post is #goals // Style Inspiration: Nautical Stripes & the South of France // This is Glamorous