In the Summer

I'm not entirely sure why but the video below for Kate Spade NY
reminds me of summer and the easy, days-last-forever type of
feeling but it does and I hope you feel that way too.

Because I tend to think we are our best selves
in the summer.

Welcome to the UA

I made a video of my campus this weekend.
Ya know, just because I'm obsessed with making
videos. I didn't have any good material and wa-la,
a video of the campus is born.


I also made this video to force people to come visit me
because the campus is so pretty. :) Now come people!

Academy Awards 2012: Best Dressed

Academy Awards 2012
Best Dressed

It's my favorite time of year (not really, Christmas time is)
and I've rounded up my favorite picks from last night!
First up:

The Winner
Michelle Williams

Tina Fey looks stunning!

Penelope Cruz was a beautiful princess.

Love the vintage polka dots.

This is from the Vanity Fair party but it's still

A win in Tom Ford.

Stunn.Ing. Ditta Von Teese at the Elton John party.

This was a close second in my book. LOVE the design.

Same with this one from the Vanity Fair party.

I loved the fun prints! It was a pretty good awards season
and I was very impressed by everyone's dresses.

What did you think?

I rock a lot of polka dots.

I brake for birds. I rock a lot of polka dots. I have touched glitter in the last 24 hours. I spend my entire day talking to children. And I find it fundamentally strange that you’re not a dessert person. It freaks me out. I’m sorry that I don’t talk like Murphy Brown. And I hate your pants suit. I wish it had ribbons on it or something just to make it slightly cuter but that doesn’t mean I’m not smart and tough and strong.
-Jess. New Girl.

I am a New Girl regular and LOVE this show. I always

say (and so does everyone around me) that Jess is a

mixture of me and one of my best friends. I love this quote.

A letter to my beautiful mom

Dear Mom,
You are my hero/ best friend/ confidante/ mom. You dedicated your
life to raising three daughters and I am lucky enough to be one of those
daughters. You spent every day caring for us, making our lunches, giving
us sarcastic little comments on life, maybe telling us things
we didn't want to hear but were necessary,
letting my cry when it was needed and even if it wasn't needed and
knowing exactly what had to be done to make everything better.
Your relationship with dad is what I hope for in my future marriage.
It's so apparent how much you two still love each other and for that, I thank
you. You have given me something to look forward to and not something to
despise like so many of my friends. You have been married 20+ years
and still make each other crack up.
I'm getting teary as I write this because all my life I have been told,
"You look JUST like your mom" and for so long I used to shrug that off
because I wanted to be my own person, but now I take that as the
ultimate compliment. If I can ever be a person/mother/daughter
like you, then I will die a very happy person.
You are a constant light to everyone around you, a dedicated hard
worker, SO loving and giving of yourself, and I feel that so much
of the time that is overlooked. So on your birthday, I hope you
realize how much everything you do IS appreciated and thought
about every day of my life as I continue to grow.
Being a state away from you is INCREDIBLY tough. But I think
our relationship can only grow from here
(even though it is a very strong relationship
now!) and I hope you know how much you inspire me every day.

With all my love. To the moon... and back.

Your daughter,


Oscar Predictions

I love The Academy Awards.
I am a huge movie buff and live for the moment when the
movies I took the time to watch and loved are now being
recognized. I love picking them apart, analyzing them and then
watching them again.
Here are my predictions for the Academy Awards 2012:

Best Picture
The Artist

Best Actor
George Clooney- The Descendants

Best Actress
Viola Davis- The Help

Best Supporting Actor
Christopher Plummer- The Beginners

Best Supporting Actress
Berenice Bejo- The Artist

I put a lot of thought into each of these and really have my
fingers crossed that I'm right. Personally, I think that the little
boy in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close should be up for
Best Supporting Actor instead of the Max Von Sydow (the grandfather)
but c'est la vie!

What are your predictions?

I couldn't list all of my predictions so I wouldn't
bore you. So, you're welcome. :)

To Give It up

I did it again. I let my mind wander into dangerous territories
and I became the worst part of myself. Why do I allow myself to
go there? So much of my day is a blessing. Oftentimes I forget
to thank God for these beautiful blessings and it makes
me want to slap myself silly. I live a beautiful life and I
should be grateful for every sunny day, fresh cup of coffee,
laugh, and good test grade.

Lent is tomorrow and this year I am going to try and make
a more conscious effort to focus on the things I am
grateful for and blessed to have. Spend more time for
reflection, give up all unnecessary shopping (I know,
crazy.) and all soda. It's going to be tough but so is life.
And for the most part, we survive despite life's
rough twist's and turn's.

Do you participate in Lent? If so, what are you giving up?

What I would be buying if I had money...

I am a broke college girl. No surprises there.
This means that unless my parents decide to give me some
soldi (money in Italian) then I can not go shopping...
which hurts my little shopaholic heart.

The following are the things I would be buying if it
weren't for my lack of funds:
Love the cropped tie shirts.
Peter Pan collar. Done.
Just stop Forever 21.
(Where all the above shirts are from)
Anthropologie is on the right track.
Jean shirt. Floral pants. Oh please, oh please!

What are you wishing was in your closet right now?

Happy Sunday

Happy Sunday!
Yesterday was weird. I was all complain-y because I
had so much free time (I know, cry me a frickin river Allie.)
After the week that I had, having this free time was just odd. And
then I realized that I should appreciate this time and so
I went off with Kylie, grabbed my sunglasses, and we sat
in the sun people-watching. It. Was. Wonderful.

Oh, and this picture? Yeah... I wore the shirt and skirt
during the day which wasn't bad but then I put
the shoes and the blazer with it and whoa. Too. Much.
I looked like a crazy mom.

Anywho, have a great and blessed Sunday!

Venture to: Gatsby's Pizza


Kylie and I ventured to Time Market yesterday for some delicious pizza
and even more delicious lemonade. The tables were so cute
with fresh flowers in little vintage bottles and I may have even
applied for a job while I was there. Even better, the pizza
part of the market is called Gatsby's Pizza after The Great Gatsby
a.k.a my favorite novel. It's love, obviously.

I'm feeling thrifty!

Lately, I have had quite the obsession with "thrifting."
I think it all stems back to my Papa's love for finding some
treasure at a thrift store that no one else noticed. (Or you just
snatched it up before them.)

These are some of my finds recently:
Love the cut off sleeves. So 1960's.

Cutest little crop top you ever did see.

Sweater for $3. Now thats a bargain my friends.

J. Crew shirt for $2. Score!

Shirt with a tie. I'm pretty sure I had one of these
when I was younger and would never take it off.
Literally, my mom had to beg me at times.
"No Allie. You can't wear this shirt every day of the week."

My friends did some adjusting to it because it had sleeves
and was a bit too large but now it should be fine!

Have you gone thrifting lately? Found any treasures?

What I'm Dreaming About...

My House Next Year.

I'm living with my friend Monica next year in an adorable
little house. We are constantly thinking of how we are going
to decorate and place our mark on the house.
I. Am. Excited.

Here are some inspiration pieces I've pulled from Pinterest.
Love love LOVE this.
We want to place prints throughout the house.
That couch. Just stop it. And the frame wall? Yes.
We have an obsession with maps right now.
If the house is decorated entirely in maps, I wouldn't
be surprised.
Those are branches and this is stunning.

Doing this. Done.
I wish my room there would look like this. The coral
with the white and and navy is just stunning. And wait, is that a
map rug? If so, this is my dream room.

Have a wonderful Thursday!