Monday, July 30, 2012

It's the Little Things

Today, my good friend Bryttany and I made a plan to go to a lake near school where they have canoeing, rock climbing and swimming.  Sounds cool, right?  We thought so too.  Until we got there, and the lake was closed.  As in, there was a storm coming and they couldn't let anyone onto or into ithe water.  It was overcast and we had already been running late compared to our original plan, so after a bit of debate and staring at the ominous sky, we left and eventually decided to go to the movies.  We stopped by each of our houses to change clothes, grabbed our pre-packed lunches, and headed to the theater where movies are only $5 during the week!  We sat down, ate our sandwiches, meanwhile realizing that the sound of the previews was not working correctly...in fact, we couldn't hear any of the dialogue.  They told us they were trying to fix it...but in the end they couldn't.  So they gave us tickets to a slightly later showing and free tickets for another time (score!) and we made our way to the next theater, now forty-five minutes later than the previous movie was supposed to start.  But we were patient, and in the end it turned out really well.  We saw the movie, got free tickets for next time, and got to hang out all day and talk about girl stuff.  What's not to like?
And then of course, I came home to shower since I was covered in sunscreen the entire time this was happening.  After which I changed into this awesome shirt that I thought I'd share.
Meow.

It's the little things that make days when nature is against you worth it.

xx

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Here's to the Future

I haven't been posting a lot lately because there hasn't been a lot going on,
which I would be totally okay with if I wasn't spending so much time not feeling well.
And this picture perfectly depicts was has been going on: a lot of quality time (with my stuffed lamb too, of course) and watching movies.

But!  August is quickly approaching, and with that are many things to look forward to.  Liiiike:
-my best friends coming back to Tallahassee
-my dad and sister coming to visit
-moving into my new apartment
-decorating my new bedroom
-teaching my first clarinet lessons
-classes starting (I'm mostly excited to start taking lessons again...no lessons in the summer means a less-focused Olivia)
-potentially going to see Snarky Puppy live
-working on my first recital
-and holiday season starting (the fall is a particularly busy time for the Jews)

So I guess it's a good thing I have all this time to relax before I dive back into school like that.
There are just so many good things coming up!

Hope you all have a great weekend :)
xx

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Ten Days in the Holy Land

This summer, about a month ago actually, I was fortunate enough to be selected to participate in Taglit-Birthright Israel.  Basically, because I am a Jewish person between the ages of eighteen and twenty-six and I had never been to Israel on an organized program, I was able to apply and ultimately get accepted to go to Israel.  For free.  I kid you not.  I had to pay to get to New York and for one meal per day, but that was it.  And in ten days, we travelled around the entire country.  

There were forty people on my bus and a few days into the trip we were joined by eight Israeli soldiers who are our age.  They weren't there for our protection; they were just there to enjoy the trip and meet us!  And since we were a national group, they got to meet Americans from all over our country.  Which is really cool because our country is huge (especially compared to Israel) and there are sometimes massive differences in culture between the East and West Coasts, right?  Right.  Okay.  So here are a few snapshots from my trip.  
 We hiked in the Golan Heights,
 learned about Kabbalah in Tzfat, 
 had some of the best iced coffee ever, which you can get in certain places in America at Aroma,
 went to the Old City in Jerusalem for Shabbat (this is my beautiful best friend, Leah),
 put notes in the Western Wall, 
 (this is my friend Omer)
 visited Mt. Herzl (this is the grave of Michael Levin),
 stayed in Bedouin tents in the desert,
 rode camels in the desert,
 watched the sunrise on Masada,
 had amazing staff,
and met this other version of myself, Leah (who is also a Clarinet Performance major!  We are a rare species, so it was funny that we ended up on the same trip).

Today, I am feeling nostalgic and wishing that I had extended my trip and spent more time in Israel.  I had an incredible experience and I miss it very much.  And although I wish I could do it again, I wouldn't trade it for the world.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Happy Birthday, Momma!

Happy Birthday to the woman who gave me life,
who loves me more than anyone,
who takes care of me,
who supports me no matter what,
and always tells me that my clarinet playing sounds good
(even if it really doesn't).

I love you, Momma. 

Sunday, July 22, 2012

That Time We Pup-Sat for a Friend

Meet Reece! 
John and I were helping out a friend this weekend by pup-sitting this handsome fellow.  I never had a dog growing up and quite frankly John and I are both cat-people, so it was a fun new experience to have a dog for a weekend.  
We actually started our weekend with a trip to the farmer's market (sans dog) because John's been obsessing over the idea of making our own smoothies.  So we picked up some fresh fruit and held some kittens (for some reason they always have pet adoptions at the farmer's market here...) and then went to Publix for some frozen fruit to make our own smoothies.  And they weren't half bad.
Then we made our way to Lake Ella.

 It was a really beautiful day to spend with a really beautiful dog and a really beautiful boyfriend.
 And when we went home, we made dinner for two.
Today (Sunday) we just watched a movie, walked Reece, practiced, and I cleaned around my apartment a little.  But it was a pretty awesome weekend; a little bit like having a mini-vacation.  I hope your weekends were all just as pleasant!

xx

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

My Closet's Favorite Things

I am by no means a "fashionista", but I do love clothes.  And though I'm not always the most ambitious with my clothes, I like to think that I have a simply sophisticated (and sometimes quirky) style.  So, I thought I might share a few of my favorite things from my closet.
 
Pardon the clutter...and just so you know, there's another shoe hanger on the right that's filled with shoes, instead of pants.
Striped sweaters (and a maxi skirt) are probably one of my absolute favorites.  I like to wear a lot of plain shirts and pants, so these funky stripes can add some...well, funk.
I don't wear a ton of dresses but these patterned, light-weight dresses are my favorites.
I have at least six pairs of jeans (a lot, I know) but during the winter, that's pretty much all I wear.  However, these black and light pink skinnies are my two favorite pants ever.
My favorite (and currently, only) pair of wedges, some patterned tops, colored belts, and varied shorts are also a must.  Especially during summer in Tallahassee (or Florida in general).  The different belts help bring some color to my otherwise plain wardrobe, so they're also some of my favorite pieces.

Most of my clothes come from Old Navy, Gap, Ann Taylor Loft, H&M, and Target.  Jeans are harder to find, especially for my body type, so I have a few pair from Aeropostale (which is, yes, generally for younger girls but deal with it!), American Eagle, and Gap.  I also love to go Outlet shopping with my Momma when I'm on break from school.  The deals there are fantastic for good, quality clothes.

I know a lot of bloggers do posts about their style and the clothes they wear, but I've also found that a lot of those clothes are too expensive for college students, like myself, or people who just don't make a ton of money, like my future self.  So I thought it would be interesting to do a post about my clothes, because I feel they are generally in a more affordable price range for most people.  Anyway...hope it was enjoyable/helpful!

(And of course, you could always leave me feedback if you really want to...)
:)

xx

Monday, July 16, 2012

Why Tea Rules

Tea is most definitely one of the greatest things to ever exist on this planet.

When I feel sick, I drink tea to calm my stomach.  When I'm upset or have had a rough day (not unlike today), I drink tea to calm my emotions.  Warm and sweet, tea just makes me feel so much better sometimes.  Sometimes, all I need is a cup of tea.

So why, you ask, did I just post two almost identical pictures of my favorite Teavana Rhapsody Glass Tea Tumbler?  Because sometimes, these two teas (Secret Garden and Goji Treasures from Kaleisia Tea Lounge) are my best friends.  And tonight is one of those times.

xx

Sunday, July 15, 2012

About : Sister

 This is Rebecca.  And she'll probably kill me for putting this picture on the Internet.
Rebecca is younger than me by two and a half years but we're as close as two siblings can be without being twins.  I mean we practically are twins, except for the obvious difference (in birthdays, come on people).  She's the hippest and smartest little sister anyone could ever have and she rules.  Every time I leave home, I miss her so much that I wish she could come live with me at school!  And this time was no exception, even though I know she'll have an awesome time visiting colleges with Momma these next two weeks.  Come visit me soon, Becca Boo.

xx

Friday, July 13, 2012

Instagrammed Life

How life has been lately, through the eyes of my iPhone.
1. We went on a date.
2. We went to John's friend's house where they spent 3+ hours recording...
3. Blogging and packing up John's marimba.
4. My favorite people (John, Rebecca, and Roxy) and some milkshakes before heading back to Tallahassee.

Now it's nose to the grindstone again; getting ready for fall auditions and trying to make some money...

xx

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Leftovers : Vacation Edition

Here are a few snapshots from our last few days (and nights) in Juno Beach.  We walked to see some huge houses in the area (via the beach, of course), swam, caught some sand fleas, and took John's 1976 Corvette out for a date at Saito's (which was delicious).
It was an awesome trip; huuuuge thanks to his parents for having us (mainly me, since he kind of lives there) and feeding us and such.  They rock.

xx

Sunday, July 8, 2012

The Thomas Tour of West Palm Beach


Today, John, his family, and I went around West Palm Beach taking pictures.  The majority of them are from The Breakers, a beautiful old hotel.  And some are from Worth Avenue, "the Rodeo Drive of West Palm Beach", as John's dad likes to call it.

 The fountain at the entrance to The Breakers.


Jason & John

Families who take pictures together... stay together?



 That's a smile, guys. 

 The Breakers (from across the street)
 On Worth Avenue


 xx
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