Wednesday, December 26, 2012

on the road to st. augustine!

Today I am taking this route


with these crazy kids


to end up here!




Hellooooo St. Augustine!

 I will report back with lots of photographs and fun adventures, I'm sure!

Any suggestions for fun activities and restaurants while we're there?! 

-rk

Monday, December 24, 2012

"he's here!" {a Christmas story}

What a joy it is to view the Christmas story through the eyes of a child but with a more full understanding of the blessings of the season! 


I am in love with this wonderfully made and beautifully narrated video from the Jesus Storybook Bible. Last year I did an RUF Bible study with this book. It is a compilation of stories from both the Old and New Testament, beautifully illustrated and told in a magic way that is easily understood by young believers but speaks volumes to even those who have told the story a million times. The lines are truly lyrical, and "every story whispers his name."  I enjoy reading stories in my scripture study then referring back to my Jesus Storybook Bible to understand it in a whole new way!

I've been hit hard this holiday season with lots of prayer concerns-- I've had family friends with reoccuring cancer, family dealing with addiction and major health concerns, a nation rocked by the Sandy Hook shootings, and the realization of a world that needs the loving arms of God more than ever. As I reflect upon this sadness, grief, and hardship, I am humbled by the story of the arrival of our Savior. As promised, sweet baby Jesus was brought to us in overwhelming darkness that night to bring joy, hope, and wholeness to our sad and hurting world. That's what this time of year is about-- JOY-- and the remembrance of a God who loves us enough to send Jesus, Emmanuel, to walk among us and experience our pain one hundred fold as he was crucified to save us from our many sins. We are so unworthy and yet so loved at the same time. This year has been a wonderful one for me in spiritual growth, and as I put myself in Mary's shoes, I realize that it is necessary to, as the video says, "trust God more than [our] eyes can see"!

Wishing you and your family the most joyful of seasons with the remembrance of the love of Christ and the many blessings we are given!

Merry Christmas, my friends!

-rk

Friday, December 21, 2012

follow friday- wedding blogs!

If it isn't obvious, one of my favorite things to do is peruse blogs. Name a type of blog, I can probably list of my favorites under that category- lifestyle, fashion, cooking, etc... it might be YOUR blog! :) However, my most favorite blogs are wedding blogs. Even before it came my time to begin planning and pulling inspiration, I have loved perusing these sites not just for ideas, but to admire the beauty and detail that goes into planning that special day. Here are some of my favorites I wanted to share with y'all, in no particular order:

Style Me Pretty
Style Me Pretty is basically wedding GOLD. The blog features endless photographs of those gorgeous "artsy" weddings that you have dreamed of since you thought boys didn't have cooties and a separate "gallery and inspiration" page that is sort of it's own Pinterest page, where you can favorite images to refer to later. Speaking of Pinterest, if you're not as good with blogs and prefer to follow boards, I could peruse the Style Me Pretty Pinterest page for hours-- they have tons of beautiful inspiration organized wonderfully into categories such as "Make Up and Jewelry," "First Look," "Color Inspiration" and so much more. 

Southern Weddings Magazine
The Southern Weddings Magazine blog is my most recent discovery. Their blog is just as great, featuring distinctly Southern weddings (seriously, to submit a wedding there are geographical constraints!) any girl would swoon over. In addition to just weddings, they also feature giveaways, promotions, and highlights of the fun events held by Southern Weddings Magazine-- for example, ornament swap and a gingerbread barn building-- how AWESOME would it be to work for a mag like this?! 

Glamour & Grace
Glamour and Grace blog not only features beautifully unique and modern weddings, but also the most fun and precious engagement shoots and special posts on inspiration for everything from the bouquet to the perfect palette. All images are easily "pinnable" in order to make each post an effortless addition to that wedding pinboard you've been unashamedly filling up since day 1 on Pinterest. 

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These are only a few of my favorites-- do you have any others I need to add to my bookmark bar?! Seriously, what did we do for inspiration before social media? What a wonderful thing. Happy Friday my friends!

-rk

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

continued prayers for newtown

Please join me and other bloggers for a special day of silence for the Newtown, CT tragedy.


In overwhelming darkness, there is hope in a victorious light. 
Praying for peace that surpasses earthly understanding for all affected by this tragedy. 

-rk

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

unspeakable joy{ful}! holiday gift guide

Who's done with Christmas shopping?
Anyone? If so, congratulations... you are superwoman. I am pretty far ahead from my usual gift-purchasing progress, but I have a long way to go! Sometimes it's hard to figure out what to buy the mom, best friend, or mother-in-law that has it all, you know what I mean? I have compiled a gift guide of some things that I'm loving that would make unique gifts with a little twist. I might even put a few on my Christmas list!

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"Swanky, southern, and sophisticated," this Nico & Lala Zebra catch all tray is the perfect place to set your jewels at the end of the day! You can personalize it and even change out the inserts to suit your fancy!
{2}
I received this little pretty as an engagement gift from my Little and I love it enough to want to gift it as well! These days it's hard to get one moment in the day to collect your thoughts, but this One Line a Day journal has lines for every day of the year for 5 years that you can jot down the significant (or even the insignificant!) things that have happened daily. Looking back would be the most fun!
{3}
These Swell Caroline Paris earrings are a convincing nod to every girl's favorite guy- David Yurman! Available in a variation of colored stones, these earrings will suit any of your fashion-conscious friends. 
{4}
The perfect gift for your best friend going abroad for the semester or your cousin planning her island honeymoon is this precious and preppy passport holder. With a gift guide of her own categorized by price, you can't go wrong with the bright colors and bold prints of Kate Spade
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Who doesn't love a Tervis? I'm in love with the new water bottles, and one of my favorite bloggers, Crystal, has recently opened her own online boutique where she can personalize this beauty so you look great even when you're sweating it out at the gym!

So, what do you think? Adding any of these goodies to your Christmas list?

-rk

Monday, December 10, 2012

decking the (hypothetical) halls

'Tis the season for cookie making, blaring Christmas tunes everywhere you go, and taking in the fresh scent of evergreen... however, I have to wait until my exams are over on Friday to enjoy being home for the holidays. Good things come to those who wait I guess!

My apartment at school has random decorations that make us merry and bright amidst our finals misery, for example: a pink Christmas tree (yes, it is awesome), wreaths, various stockings hanging on our entertainment center, string letter lights spelling "CHRISTMAZ" (no repeating letters, haha!) and a Bieber cutout decked out like the halls. Not the type of Christmas decor I usually go for, but the eclectic mix suits our apartment swimmingly and brings a smile to my face always!

take it all in, ladies and gentlemen. 

However, amidst school duties I have had to simultaneously begin wedding planning. Next big thing to check off the list: wedding registry! Thinking about the things that Andrew and I will need (or want, haha) for our future home/apartment/condo/townhouse is a little daunting, but so exciting. So, naturally, I have not only been thinking about the necessities for our home, but I have fast-forwarded myself to dreaming of our future Christmas decor with these Pinterest pretties:

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I'm not a big fan of the commercialized Christmas-- Santa, snowmen, etc. As you can see, I'm especially drawn to distinctly Southern, classic, and natural decor! However, a splash of color is always welcome- how about that fabulous, colorfully Southern Living inspired tree?

How would you love to deck your halls in your home?!
-rk 

Friday, November 30, 2012

friday's letters {11.30.12}


TGIF! 
Today I'm linking up with Adventures of Newlyweds for one of my favorites... Friday's Letters!

{dear November} get moving! I'm ready for no class and lots of Christmas fun with family and friends! {dear wedding} I cannot believe you will be here in SEVEN months! Also, can you please pick your own colors? k thanks. {dear Wofford football} good luck tomorrow! I hope y'all beat New Hampshire... so proud of you boys for getting into the playoffs! {dear Michael Buble} thanks for the best christmas music, ever. Also, will you marry me? on that note... {dear wedding arms} PLEASE COME SOON. I don't like this whole "working out" thing. {dear j.crew} you break my heart or my wallet... I have to choose. and this whole college girl budget is making you break my heart. Thank goodness for Christmas lists! {dear ZTA} I love you, but I am so relieved to be done as vice president! Thanks for the memories, sisters, and leadership opportunities!.

Enough letters for now- I've got a jam packed weekend of football, ZTA semi-formal, and lots of work in the mad rush before exams... eeek! Happy weekend, my friends!

-rk 

Monday, November 26, 2012

saying YES to the dress!

Most girls dream of their wedding dress from the time they're small, hoarding photos and making drawings... not me, necessarily.

okay, I can't lie, I have dreamed of this dress.  let's be real... it's PERFECT. 

Not that I don't love weddings... let's make this clear. I love a good wedding... so much that Andrew knew exactly where to book our reception before he even proposed!

Anyway, as I have been slowly but surely checking things off my wedding "To Do" before "I Do"list, I knew I needed to have a solid idea on what I wanted to wear on my wedding day... cue Pinterest (and thank GOODNESS for these new secret boards!). I had pinned quite a few winners and when I made a reservation at the wonderful Poinsett Bride bridal boutique downtown, I thought I finally had an idea of what I wanted... and dang was I wrong.

Let me preface my story by telling you a little about my background with this lovely dress shop. Paula owns Poinsett Bride and is one of the most hard-working women I know. She is an amazing success story of working hard and achieving wonderful things through passion and determination. When I was little, she used to own an alterations store that my mom and I would take lots of our clothes to. And in elementary school when my dad and I would go on our token "Daddy-Daughter Donut Dates" to Dunkin' Donuts each Saturday morning, Paula would often be there. So, we go way back and I knew I wanted to start my search with Paula's gorgeous shop.

With my mom and best friends Parkes and Natalie in tow, we headed there Saturday after a brief appointment to look at bridesmaids dresses and a wonderful lunch downtown. I had no intention really of buying a dress that day, I just wanted to see some options, try on some dresses.

Paula greeted me with a big hug, exclaiming, "I can't believe my donut baby is getting married!!!" Donut baby... just what a girl wants to be called as she squeezes into a wedding dress, haha! Anyway, she gave us the royal treatment and allowed all four of us into the back room to try dresses... it was magical. As I said, I never really dreamed of my wedding dress shopping experience, but this room was definitely dream-worthy.

instaphoto credit to natalie

Gorgeous, right? It was a little overwhelming, but we snagged gowns I thought I might like, and mom even snagged one, saying, "Let's try this one on just for fun!", and I was game. I went into the dressing room with Paula and wriggled my way into lots of lace, toulle, and silk. I really liked every single dress I tried on, and Parkes, Natalie, and mom were so supportive and complimentary. I had tried on about 7 or so dresses and "liked" a lot of them, but hadn't stopped to really admire any of them in the mirror yet.

However, I tried on the one that mom suggested just for fun, and I got a funny feeling... and funny in a good way. I walked out of the dressing room to gasps from all. I had liked all of the dresses I tried on, and I was afraid to love this one, because then that meant commitment. But I just couldn't stop admiring it and picturing it in my church, at the Wyche Pavillion, and being a part of our important day.

Finally, after lots of tears, smiles, squeals, high fives, and signatures, I made it mine! I said "yes to the dress", that "I'm down with the gown", or whatever they call it these days! I of course am not going to disclose any details, but funny enough, it is exactly the opposite of what I thought I wanted- yet it's perfect in every way. Classic, a little preppy, but still fun, funky, and functional. Then, of course, because I'm me, I made sure we had some cute pictures to Instagram afterward!

my mom has been the BEST!

so blessed to have these two by my side in this crazy fun process!

Of course, we had to have a last hurrah and get my favorite... a Gigi's Cupcake. On that note, fitness and nutrition regimen is back in action starting next week, haha!


This is just one of the many steps on the journey to finally become Mrs. McCall-- it's crazy to think that one day it will actually come! At times it's kind of overwhelming with work and school and planning, but the whole purpose is to have fun with it, and thanks to my loved ones who have helped me along the way, it has been a great experience so far! I'm really looking forward to documenting more wedding progress in the near future!

Hope y'all have a great week!

-rk

Monday, November 19, 2012

Why I am bad at watching big-school football.



So this past Saturday, my beloved little Wofford Terriers took on the USC Gamecocks... SoCon vs. SEC... what a match up, right? ...actually, yes. Pretty sure the entire population of Wofford made a mass exodus to Columbia for the game that we've been waiting for since basically FRESHMAN year.

I had never been to a Carolina game before- I've really only been to Clemson football games, and one UVA game... so that's my "big school" football experience.

My throat is sore from screaming and cheering because the T-Dawgs really gave the Cocks a scare... it was 7-7 going into the 4th quarter! I think our boys finally got exhausted though, because in the last 10 minutes of the game we unfortunately we lost it at the end and fell 24-7. However, I am extremely proud of our boys for holding their own and giving USC a little scare... dear ol' Spurrier even gave us a little credit:

“Wofford is a good team,” South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier said. “We knew that coming in and we knew it was going to be a close dogfight all the way through.”

Finally... credit where credit is due! Anyways, it was a great game and a fun experience for my first time in Williams-Brice Stadium. However, I came to the realization that Wofford is definitely the place for me... I just can't hang at the big schools. And here's why. (Please, USC fans and other big school lovers do not take offense! These are just my self-deprecating musings!)

1. I am directionally challenged. Not only did I basically get lost in the tailgating area, as we were driving back to Spartanburg I noticed a bazillion tailgates in random parking lots up and down the streets... um WHAT? If I went to a big school I would need a GPS tracker. It's actually pretty sad.

2. I'm relatively football illiterate. I LOVE cheering on my Tigers and Terriers. With Clemson, I usually watch from the comfort of my living room where I can listen to commentary and enjoy the convenience of those little lines on the screen that tell me where the downs are. And at Wofford, our stadium is small and we're pretty close to the action, so it's not as hard to see what's going on. At this game I kept getting distracted people watching. Then I would be that girl that was all, "What happened?!" and would look for cues to cheer from the people wearing gold around us, haha. High up seats + short attention span is NOT a good combination for me.

3. I'm borderline claustrophobic. I definitely get that from my mom... she has a hard time in elevators. I'm slightly better, though crowds make me sweaty and mean and annoyed. Williams-Brice stadium holds over 80,000. Gibbs Stadium holds 13,000... 'nuff said.

...no comparison.

So, ladies and gentlemen, it seems as if I am not cut out for big-time football. I'll settle for the football experience equivalent to high school where I know all the players because I have classes with them, the athletes are not really celebrities, and I can simply leave the game and wander back to my apartment when I please... it makes me feel right at home!

However, I'm so excited for my boys, who are Southern Conference champions and have received a bye week and will be playing the University of New Hampshire December 1st in the FCS playoffs! Go Terriers!

-rk

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

a few changes & some inspiration

hello my sweet blog friends!

It's been a while, and I'm kind of in a funk right now. Things are going great- I'm as happy as can be, but life is a little busy right now.

Unfortunately, I haven't had much time lately to be proactive on my favorite stress reliever on this side of the internet. However, after a random procrastination session, I decided to play around with Illustrator and work on a little re-design. I'm still working on it, but I wanted to streamline things a bit more and make my blog more simple and clean-cut... what do you think? 

Thankfully, it's Wednesday and halfway through the week! I hope to get back to regularly posting next week, since Thanksgiving break will give me some much needed time to myself. But for now, I'll leave you with this from our favorite time waster, Pinterest:

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My life is crazy, busy, conflicted, and beautiful, all at one time... I bet yours is too. Finish the week strong loving every detail of it :)


xoxo, ryann

Friday, October 26, 2012

I said "yes!"

First, I am going to apologize for the delay of this blog post, I've had so many people who want details and I don't want to forget a single bit! Where do I even begin? Hang tight with me, this might be a little lengthy!

To preface the story, a little background. Andrew and I started dating junior year of high school. We went to Sky Top apple orchard in Hendersonville, NC with some friends as one of our first dates as "officially" boyfriend and girlfriend. There aren't many places that are super significant to us, but this is one memorable place!

we were so little!!!

part of me wishes we had remade this picture after the engagement, haha!
To preface the story, my roommate's birthday was coming up and she told us that her mom wanted to treat us all to manicures in honor of the occasion. So, Friday afternoon we got our nails done courtesy of Lea's mom (or so I thought...). I came to find out that my mom actually paid for all our manicures because Andrew wanted to make sure my nails looked great for all the pictures we would be taking... so sweet!

Anyways, we had talked about taking a trip to Skytop Orchard to get some apples before they were gone, but made no definite plans. This Saturday I knew Andrew's grandparents were coming into town from Illinois and I had cleared my schedule to head home to have lunch with them. However, a few days before Andrew insisted we go apple picking- he seemed like he knew what he wanted to do! I went with it and honestly didn't think anything of the change of plans. So, he picked me up and we rode up the the orchard and picked apples, everyone acting normal. We paid for our goodies and then decided to walk around a bit and enjoy the gorgeous weather. Then Andrew started walking all over tarnation- between rows, through trees... I was so confused and kept asking where we were going. It turns out he was looking for his friends from Clemson who were hiding to take pictures IN THE TREES!

Finally, he was satisfied with his placement, he turned to me and handed me a gift wrapped in white wrapping paper and told me to open it. He took the small card off the gift and held it as I began to open the present. Before I finished, he got down on one knee and began to read the sweet note. I was blown away and so surprised! Looking back, he said he was sorry that he had to read his words, but I'm so glad he did because now I get to re-read them whenever I want! I wasn't able to finish opening the gift until after the ring, and at first I was confused because the gift looked like the pink and brown Bible I already own. However, upon further examination, I found that the Bible had "Ryann McCall" (my new last name!) embossed in silver. YES. That just happened. So sweet and thoughtful.

my old and new Bibles... so strange seeing a new name!!
Giddy with excitement, I was ecstatic to text and call all my friends and family. However, Andrew asked if he could take my phone so he could take me home and we could celebrate with just our families before heading back to Wofford and sharing this special time with friends. I was fine with it of course, and off we went down the mountain, headed back to my house.

As we approached my house, I saw cars lining up the driveway. It turns out our intimate family gathering was actually a surprise (well, a surprise for me, at least!) engagement party with not only our family, but church friends, my Wofford girls, his Clemson friends, my campus minister, and other family and friends! I was at first so overwhelmed because I don't like being in the spotlight, but I was so thankful to have all my loved ones in one place to share our special day!

so darn happy!

Andrew was sweet enough to get all my Wofford girls in on the plan!!

My two best friends from HS, Natalie and Parkes, will be my Maids of Honor! I love this picture, so "us" haha

I had no idea when I woke up that morning that I would no longer have a boyfriend, but a fiance, by the end of the day! I don't think it has really hit me yet, but it's all so exciting. I am thrilled to start the planning process and begin this wonderful journey with Andrew with our friends and family alongside!



xoxo, ryann


Sunday, October 14, 2012

We're going to the chapel!

Looks like I'm back to the blog world with a bang, considering I posted yesterday and I'm back again to let y'all know...

I'M ENGAGED!


Little did I know yesterday morning as I wrote my last post that a daytrip to NC with Andy would turn into the first day of the rest of my life! I will share the story with y'all in a little bit once I get my head wrapped around everything and all my schoolwork done (super hard with my bling distracting me as I write my paper!!)

I can't wait to record the planning process on the blog as a way to help remember every detail. I promise I won't overwhelm  you with lots of wedding details, but I do love reading about the process from all my other married/engaged blog friends. So many of you have already been sweet and given me well wishes on Twitter and Instagram... THANK YOU! We are immensely excited and I still can't believe it's finally our time after 5 years together! Have a great week, y'all!

xoxo, ryann 

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Catching up! (a.k.a "photo dump")

Hello friends! Things are slowing down and I am slowly but surely getting back to "normal". My midterm week is wrapping up, PTL! I am feeling uber guilty about not being present on my beloved blog and plus, I miss having time to blog browse and connect with you all. With the weather changing, I'm wanting to do posts on fall fashion, yummy recipes, and so many other fun things that have been going on and popping into my head.

However, for now, I'll just catch y'all up on what's been going on with me with a fabulous Instagram photodump! If you really want to keep up with me, follow me on twitter (@ryannkroske) or Instagram (ryannkroske)-- I update those on the reg! So, without further adue...

 ZTA recruitment and girl's bid day was a great success! We got 35 incredible young women and bid day was a blast- our theme was "Best Catch". Lots of girls dressed up like fishermen but I decided to be different and attempt a little Rainbow Fish get-up! Anyone remember that book?!

The Wofford tradition of Boy's Bid Day was lots of fun- each pledge class of each sorority dresses up under a certain theme. We were gardners, which was a little hard to dress like, but it was still fun getting together, taking pictures, and hanging out! 

ZTA's fall function was themed "Rhyme Without Reason", and Andrew and I had so much fun dressing up. We went as Bear Grylls (of Man vs. Wild) and Beverly Hills! My favorite parts were my purse dog and sock bun (much harder than it looks, haha!)

 Parent's Weekend was lots of fun! ZTA seniors had a special dinner on the Friday night. It was such a fun getting together and reflecting on our last few years together as not just ZTA sisters, but Wofford families!

 
My Little (on the far right) who transferred to UVA is visiting this weekend! I'm so happy to be spending time with her and I love laid back weekends like this. 

Fall break is next weekend, so I will definitely have more photos to share and hopefully time to really catch up and get in the groove of things. Thanks for hanging with me, y'all! 

xoxo, ryann 


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Time to get real.

oh, hey y'all. 

If you haven't noticed, I've been pretty absent from the blogosphere, and I apologize greatly for that. 

The truth is, life has gotten a bit crazy. But let's be real, isn't it for all of us?!
Anyway, I just wanted to let you guys know some thoughts that have been running through my head.

As of late, I've felt guilty when I think about how absent I have been from my little corner of the blogosphere, especially when, which rarely happens, I am able to peruse my dashboard and see the excellent posts are my favorites are doing!

Life is just going kind of fast right now, and blogging isn't really ready to enter the mix, just yet.

So, that being said, I am not quitting blogging. I'm just trying to remind myself of why I do blog- for my enjoyment! To stay connected with my blog friends! To keep up with trends and fashion! Blogging is not a chore- thinking of it like that would ruin it for me.

So, as for now, I'm just going to enjoy my senior year! I will be up and running in a few weeks and I am sure by then I will be refreshed and back in the blog groove. For those of you who haven't been following me on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc, here's what's going on in my life!

I returned to Wofford and worked on the Orientation Staff and had a blast!

with my bestie Martha before the field day for the freshmen!

My O-Week group was the "Athletic Academics"- like our sporty wear and nerd glasses?!

I started work with the Wofford marketing department- I'm doing press releases, working with the Facebook fan page, playing with Pinterest... what more could I want?!

I'm Pinterest famous, y'all! 

I started classes- marketing, contemporary American fiction, art history, and a poetry workshop (!!!)- trying to get that 4.0 this semester!

I enjoyed some Terrier football, and even got a visit from my sweet boy! 
this Tiger is a Terrier for a day!

my not-so-little ZTA Grandlittle!
Currently I am trying to survive recruitment. I cannot believe it's my last one! It will be a great weekend but man, is it time consuming!

missing Charlotte during this Zeta-filled time- can't believe she was a ZTA senior when we took this!

In my free time, I'm either napping, drinking coffee for more energy, or spending time with my friends between a busy schedule. Not much computer time there!

Thank you so, so much to all of my fabulous readers for bearing with me during this hectic time. I love your sweet comments, and I love checking up on your posts when I have a little downtime-- please keep it up!

Hope you all have a great week!

xoxo, ryann

Friday, September 7, 2012

Senior living... College senior, that is!

Okay, sorry for the longer-than-planned blog hiatus. Between serving as a member of Orientation staff, getting the apartment together, getting in the groove of classes, and getting things together to get going with ZTA stuff again, I have been quite a bit busy. Just wanted to let y'all know I'm still alive and as life slows down, I'll try my best to be more consistent.

So, for my first order of business, I promised a few blog and real life friends that I would post pictures from my new apartment! Yay! I have been on campus in a dorm my past 3 years, which has its downfalls, but is mostly an excellent thing because of the community feeling here. However, as a senior you are privileged to live in what is called the "Senior Village", also on campus. The Village consists of gorgeous Charleston-style apartments with porches, rocking chairs, awesome kitchens, and beautiful wood floors and doors. AND I don't have to pay rent/utilities- it's the usual housing stuff. Awesome.

Without further waiting, I will introduce you to my humble abode! Lots of you may know Charlotte at From Carolina Cotton to Illinois Corn- one of my real life friends pre our blogging days. Charlotte is a Wofford grad, and funny enough, I am living in the same apartment she lived in her senior year- and I love it! I am so blessed to live with three of my absolute best friends this year. We all get along so well and have had a blast so far!

FINALLY ROOMIES!

see that little cute blue one? We're on the second floor!
My Bedroom

Had to show off my pinterest project- too many necklaces that are too pretty not to display!

My desk/TV area- this is my first time EVER having a TV in my bedroom- and I love watching late night Friends. 

The view of my "cube" as you walk in- cozy, but still so nice. 
 The Living Room
Amazingly enough, as we were getting things together, it seemed that each of us all had some great things to contribute. Luckily, we only had to purchase a few pieces of wall decor and a chair (that is on the way) to complete our living space!
Loving our cute chalkboard- we change the message daily! 

This awkward picture doesn't do justice to our precious dining nook!


A better look at the whole living area

Still working on this, but I love our painting and the wicker coffee table/trunk!
Our little nook with my favorite drawing of Old Main, belonging to one of my roommate's grandfathers who went to Wofford!

Lea got these precious frames at Market- I am so obsessed with them!
 The Porch!
By far, my favorite part of the apartment is our porch. We are lucky in that to access our porch you must go through our actual apartment, so we have it all to ourselves! We've got three rocking chairs and cute director's chairs that we can bring out if we have guests. Prime people watching, my friends. 

My favorite place, any time of day. 

I decided to leave out pictures of my roommate's cubes and our kitchen just because we're all sort of still in a transition phase right now. Everyone that visits says our place looks like something straight out of Pier 1, and I must agree. However, as I said, we were so lucky in that we all ended up having a couch that matched a rug that matched a lamp that matched a chair! Talk about resourceful.

Hope you enjoyed my mini tour of my humble abode! But let's be real, this is nicer than anything I'll live in a few years after graduation.

How do (or did) you decorate your apartment or dorm in college?! Happy weekend, friends!

xoxo, ryann