Thursday, August 30, 2012

These Days

...have been so wonderful!
My ensemble audition went extremely well,
and I'll be playing in our University Philharmonia this semester.
Not to mention I moved up in band.
And then there's some big, wonderful news...
Rebecca is coming to visit!!
I don't think I could possibly be more excited, 
I really don't.

These days have been such a great and encouraging way to start the semester.
And I am looking forward to an amazing three-day weekend
with my best best friend, my sister.

P.S. Don't the bears on my shirt just make you smile?  And on the note of clothes, I hope everyone took advantage of the LuLu*s coupon code in this post!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Adventures in Cooking

 After eating chicken for dinner almost every night, I couldn't take it anymore.  
So I picked up some steak, tomatoes, and mozzarella to make a nice (and different) dinner 
to "celebrate" going back to school.
This guy was pretty excited about it, with good reason:
it was delicious!!


Monday, August 27, 2012

Our Weekend

Over the weekend we were busy doing fun things with fun people
and enjoying our last weekend of summer.
I didn't take many photos,  
but Krispy Kreme was clearly a highlight of the weekend.
(that's our friend Allison pictured above)

Today I am proud to announce that LuLu*s is offering a coupon for my readers!  Valid from today until the 29th at midnight, this site-wide coupon yields a 15% discount off of your total purchase.
Just type in "OLIVIAMYHEART" at checkout!
(also, it is case sensitive, so watch out for that)
Happy shopping!  


P.S. Check out my roommate Rachel's vlog channel "2cute2flutes".  Ridiculously funny.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Instagrammed Life

How life has been lately, through the eyes of my iPhone.
White background courtesy of the whitagram app.

Late night & early afternoon treats,
my two favorite guys,
 (but for record, I do love all of my guy friends),
practicing & recording late at night,
the bane of my existence & the kitty that almost came home with me,
things that I love,
hanging & helping friends,
new things & heavy things.

This weekend has a lot of fun things in store for me...
and then school & ensemble auditions begin on Monday.
Happy last weekend of summer (for some of us)!


P.S. My Instagramming habits have changed, so I might change up how I do this particular set of posts from now on...but not sure yet.  Who knows.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Hanging Out

School starts in a week,
everyone is starting to move (back) into their apartments,
or in some cases, into the dorms,
and we went over to our friend's last night
just because.
 Two of the best friends ever...
 ...a confused boyfriend... awkward Kevin, haha...
...and intense conversation with Anime eyes.

Needless to say,
it was a good time.
And a good way to kick off the last week of summer.


Monday, August 20, 2012

Preparing for Winter

Perhaps this is a bit premature, and perhaps by "a bit" I really mean "extremely", but I just can't wait for Fall to get here.  Because after Fall comes Winter!!  Here in Florida, the seasons don't change much.  Quite frankly, we don't even really have Fall.  And if it gets cold at all, we're happy (well, most of us).  I especially love Winter because it's a complete wardrobe change and I love sweaters and pants and socks and tights and jackets.  I can't get enough.  Sometimes I find myself daydreaming about what I can't wait to wear this upcoming Winter...which is where Polyvore comes in.  I've just signed up and I'm already hooked.  Through Polyvore, I picked out some favorite outfits that I'm going to put together this upcoming season.  I'm so excited about it that I thought I'd share my first.
Winter.1 by oliviamyheart featuring old navy skinny jeans - I'd also probably wear my hair in a top knot.

The only items in this set that I own exactly are the shoes and pants; other than that, I have similar (and probably less expensive) items that fit into this outfit well, if not better.
(but they are from a year or two ago, so I can't find them online anymore to add the links here)

This website is so much fun, I know I'll be using it tons.  Follow me and let me know what you think!


Saturday, August 18, 2012


So, apparently this is a thing that's traveling around the blogosphere!...
The rules:
- Write eleven or so facts about yourself
- Answer the eleven questions that the person who tagged you asked
- Pick some peeps to tag
- Think of eleven questions for them to answer
- Read what they wrote!
Here we go, eleven things about myself (if I can think of that many):
- My hair is the longest that it has been since kindergarten
- I am totally a cat person (and so is John) but I like other animals too, don't worry
- My favorite color is purple
- My roommate says I am an "in-the-closet Harry Potter obsessor"
- I love feeding people
- I pretty much only buy clothes on sale (with a few exceptions)
- My sister is my best friend
- I'm studying Clarinet Performance
- I have an awesome boyfriend who takes care of me (especially when I'm sick)
- I'm sick a lot :(
- But, I'm extremely happy!
Now, to answer Camille's questions:
- Do you have a nickname?
My mom calls me a bunch of different nicknames that only she can call me.  I have some friends who call me Olive, my sister calls me Livia, and sometimes John calls me Liv (but mostly because it's shorter to type in a text)
- What camera do you use?
I have a Panasonic Lumix FZ 40.  Not super professional (I didn't intend to start a blog when I got it) but someday I really want to get a Nikon D3000.
- Are you into all things organic?
Nope, I'm not.  Mostly because I can't afford to buy all organic groceries...they're on the more expensive side.  I like fresh fruits and vegetables more than almost anything else though.
- Is denim on denim for reals a thing now?
Apparently!  (Secretly I wish I could pull it off...but I can't.)
- Are elephants just like the best thing ever or what?
They're pretty awesome creatures, I can't lie.
- Are you wearing astronaut pants? (because your donk is outta this world)
Awww shucks, makin' me blush.
- What's your favorite blog post that you've done so far?
This post is probably my favorite so far because (a) I love this photo of us for some reason, and (b) I was looking forward to so many things at this point!  It was right before I moved into my new apartment and right before my Dad came to visit.
- Hey, how you doin'?
Camille, you ask the best questions.  I'm doing swell! Friends are finally coming back up to school to prepare for the fall semester and school is close...all good things.
- If you were trapped in a room with a spider and nothing else, what would you do?
Probably cry.
- What is something that made you happy today?
Seeing friends I haven't seen in a while, fresh pepper and peaches from the farmer's market, and John.
And now, eleven questions for the few people whose blogs I follow:
- Favorite place in the world?
- Favorite book?
- Favorite thing to do on a rainy day?
- Was the closing ceremony of the Olympics ridiculous, or what? (It's totally okay if you didn't watch them)
- Are Coke Slurpees not the best way to end a day at the beach?
- Do you like 90s movies/music?  If so, what's your fav movie/song?
- What prompted you to start a blog?
- Mac or PC?
- Favorite candy bar?
- Favorite tradition? (Family or otherwise)
- What is making you the happiest right now?

Mkay, so as I said, I don't follow many blogs who would actually respond to my "giving" them this award, but these couple of bloggers have really great blogs so I'll give it a shot and hopefully they'll participate!...

And thanks again, Camille :) 


Thursday, August 16, 2012

Slice of Life

 (a bit of my bedroom)
 (mugs for him & her)
(my favorite bits of our apartment) 
(my actual work space)
(the most perfect shoes that I own)

Props to anyone who can figure out where the title of this post (which may turn into a series) came from ;)


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Adventures in Cooking

For the past few days I've been wanting to try this recipe that my Momma makes all the time for lemon chicken.  It's fantastic.  And surprisingly easy to make!  
Have a look:
 Taylor!  Who's actually a great chef.  Really.
 The finished product!
My derpy friends...they're great.
And here's the recipe!
By all means, copy this down, print it out, use it, enjoy!  
Buuut I'd appreciate it if you'd link back to my blog if you use it on a website or another blog.

Happy eating, folks.


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

"After leaving my apartment..."

It's done!  My room is done.  And the rest of the apartment is quickly following suit.
It looks almost exactly the same, but with a lot more space.
Here are some highlights.
 (this bike was temporary; it has now relocated to the top of our stair case)
 (this work space will probably never be used for actual work)
 (this is an easy, cheap, & cute way to display polaroids, which I can add to it as the year goes on!...sorry about the glare)
 (my grown-up storage system)
(my excessive and utterly ridiculous yet absolutely necessary amount of shoes...that don't really fit in my closet)

And to nicely round off this post, here is a song that is totally applicable and totally rad:


Monday, August 13, 2012

What We Did Between Meals

 This was the big weekend!  We finally moved into our new apartment ('we' being my roommate and lifetime best friend, Rachel--pictures of the apartment to come soon).  So my Dad came up to help!  And let me tell you...without him, it would not have gone nearly as smoothly as it did.  In fact, we moved almost all of my stuff from one apartment to the other within two hours.  And though unpacking and organizing took the entire day, that's still pretty impressive.  We had a bit of a joke about how we were just waiting around until the next meal because we spent the entire weekend unpacking and then eating.  There was however, some time in between (literally between days, actually...) where we just relaxed and watched the best movie on the planet.
 And then we ate again.  Breakfast at Angelette's was easily one of the best parts of the weekend.
As always, I was sad to see him go, but I couldn't be more grateful that he took time out of his golf game (haha) to come help and spend some time with me.  
Thanks, Dad!
(You'd better come see me again soon!)

Hope everyone had a great weekend, too.


Thursday, August 9, 2012


Oh, packing.
How I both dread and love you.
As productive as I've been today, it's amazing that there is still so much left to do.
But my Daddy is coming tomorrow and I can't wait.


Tuesday, August 7, 2012

These Days

These days have been spent with friends who are returning for the fall, 
eating good food and laughing our butts off.  
These days, otherwise, haven't been very productive.  
These days, I've been snuggled in my bed,
hoping my tum will stop hurting.
These days, I've just been waiting around until it's time to pack up everything and move.
These days, I've just been pining for my Dad and my sister to come visit. 

Luckily, I don't have to wait much longer.

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