Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Surviving the impossible: College


You know you're OCD when your school supplies have a color scheme...or you're just trying to make them aesthetically pleasing to convince yourself to use them and stay on top of your work. I'm going to go with the latter.

But seriously. Boring school supplies make me cringe and I am 100% more likely to pull out my notebook to take notes if I know I'm going to look cute doing it. Does that make me vain? I'm going to have to say that's a risk I'm willing to take.

As we all know, I almost flunked out of college last semester. And by all, I mean, yes, my mother found out. She decided to spare my life just this once and let me give it another try. I've decided to take extreme measures to ensure my success this semester.

1. Take a class with an attractive professor.
English is a go. I think the "attractiveness" scale is a little off-balance when it comes to rating your professor, because though I would never stop and double-take if I were to see him on the street, I can definitely sit through his lectures for an hour on M/W/F. I wouldn't dare disappoint him by not showing up.

2. Take a class that a TA-turned-professor is teaching.
Looks like 3rd time is a charm for Spanish. Failed it first semester, dropped it second semester...annnnd here I am once again. To my great fortune, my super-nice TA from my first semester is now a professor and he still has the naivety that young professors have. He does grade bumps, understands necessary reasons for missing class, AND he remembers very vividly what it was like to be a student. Because he was one. Like, one semester ago.

3. Take an online class.
Because no one can stare with judgement that I'm not wearing a bra, not wearing pants, and, in all likelihood, drinking a glass of wine. Bring on PolySci.







Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Since you've been gone...


So we broke up around six months ago, me and this blog. We had a great couple of years, but I thought we were beginning to grow apart.
After I started working until 10pm every night, becoming a full-time dog mom, nearly flunking out of college and attempting to help renovate my new house (and by that I mean let me parents do all the labor while I shop for decor)....I just could not seem to find the time to go out and take photos, have them edited, and then write a post to go along with them. So I decided to take an indefinite hiatus. I initially assumed I'd never make time for the blog again, but the past month or so I've really started to miss this ol' thang and all of the wonderful people I've met because of it and all of the incredible opportunities I've been given through it.

So here I am, asking to give this relationship another try. Promising to work harder to make time for it and do better than I did the first time. We'll see how it goes.

But before I get back to my regular posts, I wanted to play catch up!
Here are a couple of major things you may have missed if you don't follow my Instagram (@susiegibson).

#1. I adopted the most beautiful shelter pup there ever was.




 Meet Lillian. I adopted her 3 days after my birthday when I found out I was going to move into a house by myself. She was a year and a half old when I got her. She's quite possibly the cutest husky-mix there ever was. She keeps me on my toes at all times because she has more energy and love than any dog I know. Mostly just energy, though. She also broke my new iPhone 6 the day after I got it. And I didn't try and strangle her. I think that's what a mother's love feels like, no?

2. I almost flunked out of college.

Here's a picture I posted saying I was "studying" or something like that. And I was...only it was because there was a week left in the semester and I had attended maybe 3 classes (syllabus day...whoops) and I actually tried to study for my finals. Even though I had not attended any of the classes. And I did not know what to study.
I was a terrible student this past semester. Worse than usual. I'm not going to make it a New Year's Resolution to do better this semester, because I never actually keep up with those anyway. I'm going to try and take almost solely online classes that way I can't keep giving myself the excuse of "I don't want to drive half an hour up to school and half an hour back before I have to work an 8-hour shift." I'm trying to compromise with my lazy self. I'll keep you updated on how it goes.

 3. Welcome to my crib.

On my 20th birthday my parents told me they had bought me a house. Imagine the excitement, right? So they took me to go see it. When we pulled up there was nothing to see but a "yard" completely covered half a foot high in dead leaves, with a rotting fence wrapped around the house so that you couldn't see in. (PS- you can see the gate from the kitchen window in the second photo. That's the front of the house.) When you walked in, there was a vomit-inducing stench. Junk everywhere. The previous owners must have left on a dime, because there were colored pencils sitting on the "kitchen table" they left (if you could call it that), broken kids toys littering various rooms, and more dog hair than you could possibly imagine. The inside of the refrigerator was covered in a sticky brown substance...dog hair inside there, too. Half of the floorboards were rotting. There were rats.
I wanted to run out screaming and never look back.
But my extreme-DIY parents got to work and started revamping the whole place. And it's not quite there yet, but they have outdone themselves. It looks (and smells!) like an entirely new place. Pictured above is the kitchen- the only room they've let me set up furniture and put a little bit of decor into. This is only one little sliver of it, and once the house is finally done and I'm ready to move in I'll most likely do a house tour post! Wish me luck!





Friday, July 11, 2014

My Vegas Style

my vegas style

I think at some point in their teenage years, everyone dreams about the day they turn 21. I personally have one year and two months left to go, and I've already started to make plans. But what's better than a night out on the town with friends for your 21st?
A night out in Vegas for your 21st!
I've teamed up with Vegas.com to show you some of the looks I'd put together for a day in Vegas!
I'm really big on staying comfy on a flight or during a roadtrip, so I generally plan to wear a very casual outfit and pair it with some cute kicks!
Once I'm there, I'm most likely going to head to the nearest coffee bar for some caffeine and a light lunch. Roasted Bean at Aria is the perfect stop. After lunch I'd head back to the hotel, sneak in a quick nap (who cares if you slept the whole flight?! There's always a time and a need for a nap) and then get ready for a night out! Next stop? Haze Nightclub! I'm not a big "go out" kind of person, so the fact that the nightclub is literally inside the hotel would make my life 500 times easier. If I'm going out, that's how I'm doing it.

Here's to waiting another year and two months 'til 21! And fingers crossed someone will fund a Vegas trip for me! ;)

This is #MyVegasStyle, what's yours?

xo Susie

Thursday, July 10, 2014

cabin fever





As we do every couple of years, last Saturday my family set off on another trip to Wisconsin. Every time someone hears that's where I am going, I am asked one question: "But what do you actually do in Wisconsin?"
Well, in the past week I have: kissed a couple of deer, seen a circus, ridden an elephant, been to a small-town county fair, seen a demolition derby, sipped on some tasty coffee at local coffee shops, explored the forest outside our cabin and plenty more. There is never a dull moment here.
The best vacations are not ones spent on a high-end cruise or doing nothing but lounging on the beach (although those are nice), it's the ones that you get to explore with the ones you love. And that is exactly what we do in Wisconsin.

  • Polkadot Overall Dress- Forever21
  • Flannel Shirt- Thrifted
  • Gladiator Sandals- Charlotte Russe
  • Bralette- Etsy
  • Bag/watch- Target
xo Susie

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

stressed but well-dressed//spring inspiration
















Images via: tumblr, pinterest, weheartit, theglitterguide, freepeopleblog

Although we all know autumn is my favorite season, spring comes easily in a close second. I love fresh flowers (I say this while staring at a vase of dead flowers sitting across from me...oh, how nice it would be to have time to keep up with going to the market) and warm days followed by cool evenings. The effortlessness of floral sundresses, messy hair (because it's far too windy to bother), strappy wedges, iced coffee and sunglasses too large for my face keep me sane during finals madness. If you can't actually have it all together, you might as well look like it, right? It's during this time of year, when school is winding down, that I channel one of the truest sayings I've ever stumbled upon: "I may be stressed, but at least I'm well-dressed."
Last semester I took the easy way out and used my sorority-card nearly every day and donned the whole "baggy t-shirt/nike shorts/baseball cap/sneakers" look as I succumbed to college stresses. But let me tell you this: that is not what you want to look like when you run into someone you haven't seen in 5 years, or when you have a last-minute interview to conduct. I was rolling out of bed looking homeless every morning (not that most homeless folk have 5 dozen Tri Delta t-shirts...) and I always found myself in some sort of situation where I was desperately wishing I had combed my hair and put on something even moderately presentable. So I made it my mission this semester to limit my homeless-sorority-girl outfits to a minimum of 5. I'm in my last week of classes and I've only used up 2 of those outfits. Granted, it's 3am and I've got 2 finals tomorrow so I may use up my 3rd pass tomorrow, but hey...that's better than making it to all 5. I've found that keeping myself dressed well has made staying productive a heck of a lot easier. When I'm in a baggy t-shirt and leggings with no makeup, I feel comfortable enough to give up on what I'm doing and take a nap. When I'm in a dress and heels and my face is put on, I go run all my errands and then make up things to do because I want to put my outfit to good use and show it off.

So here is my advice for this spring/summer: get out of your comfy clothes and put on a proper outfit. Accomplish things. Ace that final (and pray for mine). Channel your inner Sasha Luss when you go to Walmart to get ramen. Mirror-selfie your outfit and show off how good you look.
Trust me, a good outfit can make any dull day a little brighter.

xo Susie

Thursday, April 3, 2014

winter colors forever





I don't think I'm ready to hop on the "bright colors for spring" bandwagon just yet. Or ever, really.
Every year I try so hard to step out of my neutral-color comfort zone when the warm weather first hits but every article of clothing I buy that has a color found on the rainbow is an article of clothing that gets shoved to the very back (the abyss) of my closet. You just can't go wrong with black, white, brown, and gold. It's not possible.
But I mean there is a floral print going on here, so that counts for something, right?

Dress- c/o Nowistyle Japan
Shoes- Forever21 (I wish I had the real Wang's!)
Clutch- Forever21


xo Susie

Sunday, March 30, 2014

staples









I'm generally not very good at dressing "casually." I like to throw on a dress and heels even if I'm just running to Walmart for coffee creamer. But I had the day off work and slept in 'til 2pm, so I decided to let myself go a bit (but not too much- hence the heels, ha).

I can't even begin to tell you how many black & white striped tops I have in my closet. Or leather jackets. Or denim cutoffs. If I had to make a list of my most-worn items, these would most likely be the top 3. I think I like them so much because you can turn a super lazy-girl outfit into something acceptable to be seen in. I'm just sad because I just brought home this perfect Zara leather moto jacket a few days ago and now the forecast is calling for 80 degree weather for weeks to come. Boo.
But I am excited to break out all of my spring dresses that have been sitting all alone in the back corner of my closet all winter! 

Sunglasses- Chanel
Top- c/o Nowistyle Japan
Shorts- Levi Strauss
Jacket- Zara
Bag- Forever21
Necklace- Handmade (but not by me...someone sold it to my store!)

xo Susie