Sunday, November 30, 2014

Oh Christmas Tree

It will come as no surprise that I LOVE Christmas. I've barely finished my stuffing before I turn into a little elf dancing around in twinkling lights, placing red bows on anything and everything (including Henry), covering every square inch of my apartment in garland, and eating more cookies than Santa on Christmas Eve. 

Ever since I was a little girl, I've always loved picking my Christmas tree. From the moment I would step onto the lot, I had my eyes set on the tallest, fullest tree available. At 26, nothing has changed. Thankfully, my parents were with me to remind me that while I do have high ceilings in my humble apartment, I could not fit a 20 foot tree. I spent about an hour on the lot, pacing, circling, checking, thinking, rethinking, and examining again before deciding on the very first tree I set my eyes on. I also decided this year was the one where I would become a two tree girl. I'm sure it won't be long before I convert my apartment into a Christmas Tree farm. 








Wait until you see the winter wonderland I've converted my apartment into. I will be sharing more pictures this week!

xoxo,
Danielle

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Gratitude

Thanksgiving may possibly be my favorite holiday. In my family, it has always been less chaotic than the other holidays and one where we simply slow down and enjoy our time together. All of the eating may be another reason why I love this holiday. (I may or may not have had seven desserts on my plate at our Thanksgiving lunch today.) I love checking social media and seeing all that everyone is thankful for. Family. Friends. God. Pets. Turkey. Babies. Husbands. Pie. Wine. Coffee. Turkey Trots. America. Travels. Careers. Football. Naps. Its a day full of positivity.

I love gratitude. You know, the kind you can just feel in your heart and you're just overwhelmed with that feeling of fortune? Giving and receiving gratitude is indispensable to living a happy life. It's more than just a holiday once a year. Sometimes, when the world seems to pause around me, I stop and look around and am in disbelief that this is my life. That feeling in my heart, the one of a giddy school girl, comes to me and I am reminded of just how much I have to be grateful for.

Life certainly is not perfect, no matter how much I chase perfection. But even with the hiccups, disappointments, and challenges along the way, there is still so much to be thankful for.

Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone! I don't even know how to begin to put together a list of all that I am thankful for this year so I am simply going to say everything.


Henry is so grateful, he can't stop cheesin. 

xoxo,

Danielle

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Everygirl


That is me. On the front page of The Everygirl. I knew it was coming. I did pose for the pictures and do the interview, but I am still waiting to wake up from this incredibly surreal dream. I remember the day when I returned to my cubicle upstairs after lunch and checked my email to see a message from Danielle Moss, one of the co-founders, asking to do a Career Profile on me for The Everygirl. I squealed in my most high pitch of a squeal and quickly ran downstairs to tell Ashley and then of course called my Mom all before actually responding to Danielle to say, yes please feature me! I did the interview with Jackie who has become one of Instagram friends and Jessica from JJ Horton Photography came to my office to take pictures for the feature. Jessica and I've become such good friends through this that she is going to be photographing the Calligraphy Workshop next week. 

Despite all of the preparation and anticipation, I was so happy that moment that I typed theeverygirl into my browser (naturally, it came up before I could finish because I visit the site so frequently) and saw my name and picture there on the homepage. As I read the article and looked through the pictures, I was overwhelmed with feelings of gratitude and accomplishment. I wasn't supposed to be the every girl. Statistics showed that I would not be successful. But I did it and I am so happy. I start each day with a prayer for guidance to be the best possible version of myself (some days I think I do better than others) and today as I was overwhelmed by all the kind message, I felt like I did it. (More of a big moment, than a tiny moment, but still, a moment.) I try my best to live a committed life and to always put others before myself and as I sat there today reading my feature, I am proud of who I am. This is just the beginning.

My heart is full as I received so many sweet, kind comments from friends both old and new. Please know that each of you have shaped my life and I would not be who I am without every single one of you.

Now, enough with the mushy-ness. I thought I would share some of the pictures and sources for the outfit and desk decor as I have seen some comments today asking where things came from!


Details on the outfit can be found in this post


I realize I go overboard with my desk decor. I spend about ten hours per day in that sweet cubicle, you bet its going to be beautiful and overwhelmingly pink. I did a post a few weeks ago on my favorite desk decor sites.


I'll give Mackenzie a special shout out because these beauties can all be found in her adorable online shop, Design Darling


I don't drink coffee so I always repurpose coffee mugs. This one is from Ashley Brooks Designs. #iloveABD


Of course, I use a phone case by The Everygirl. I also love Sugar Paper LA notebooks. 


They probably won't love me for this one, but I could not make it through the day without this team


Hi Charlotte!


And my absolute favorite picture from the article goes to this guy right here! Is he handsome or what? Those eyes, I melt. 

Seriously, thank you to everyone who has been reading along and those who have recently joined. Glad to have you along for this thing called life! 

Here the link to my Career Profile on The Everygirl

With the deepest gratitude, 

Danielle

Monday, November 24, 2014

Giveaway: YT Clothing Annie Dress

I am so excited to be doing my first ever Giveaway and even more excited that its with YT Clothing. From the Finley Shorts to the Lola Top, my closet staples consist of YT. We teamed up to giveaway this Annie Dress in Navy*




HOW TO ENTER
1. Follow @daniellepleach and @ytclothing on Instagram. 
2. Tag 3 friends in the comments on the Giveaway Instagram. 




REALLY WANT TO WIN?
Like both Elle Paige & Henry and YT Clothing pages on Facebook. 

Good Luck!

xoxo,

Danielle


PS. While you're shopping, don't forget to pick up a pair of the Danielle Earrings named after your truly. 

*Due to stock availability, the exact dress I am wearing will be the one given away. It is a size M and the tags are still attached. 


Sunday, November 23, 2014

I Am ME

In the spirit of thankfulness this week, I thought I would share something I am thankful for. Me. Despite an overinflated sense of confidence growing up, it took me until I was probably 25 to really be happy and content with who I am. Not that I was unhappy before, but I would let my insecurities control me too much. I have what I like to call uniquities which are some of my qualities that really make me who I am. For a long while, I felt insecure about some of these uniquities. I am sure those closest to me could create a much more in depth list, but I thought I would share a few here. 


I watch the same movies and TV shows over and over again. 
I love predictability. I like knowing what is going to happen. Therefore, I watch the same movies (not so many movies anymore, but still the same ones) and TV shows over and over again. I've watched Scandal 3 times in less than 365 days (partly because its so confusing.) I couldn't tell you how many times I've binged on Gossip Girl or watched the Harry Potter movies. Sometimes, I branch out and watch something new and occasionally I will enjoy it (hi, I am obsessed with How To Get Away With Murder) but most of the time, I really enjoy the comfort of predicability. 

I watch Friends every single night to fall asleep. 
My freshman year of college (pre Netflix era) I collected and watched all 10 Seasons of Friends. Since then, I've navigated my way through a few other series but when it comes time to go to sleep, I need Friends. I don't even watch it. I just need the noise and most of the time I don't even make it to the theme sound (I am one of those people who fall asleep as soon as they lay down) but I still watch it every single night. Slightly embarrassing to admit, but I love it. 

I love the Real Housewives. 
I am not the biggest fan of reality TV as a genre. Once Laguna Beach and The Hills ended, it all seemed pretty pointless to me until I met the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. I know its garbage. I am sure it is probably all staged. But I LOVE it. I've even made up my own intro. One day...

Ordering the same thing off of the menu at restaurants. 
Again with the predictability. Once I've been to a restaurant (always looking up the menu beforehand) and found something I like, I order the same thing every single time I go. Some have commented that they find this annoying, I find it comforting. 

I don't like drinking. 
This one probably took the longest for me to find comfort in as being in my early (now mid) 20s, the social scene seems to revolve around drinking. I did not really start drinking until college and while I pretended to enjoy nights out in downtown Clemson with my friends, I never really enjoyed the drinking aspect of it. I never built up tolerance and always felt pretty miserable the next day. Post college, I found that a lot of social situations still revolved around alcohol. As it was the status quo,  I would go and was always trying to pretend that I wasn't still nursing my first pom-tini. I don't understand the purpose of drinking to get drunk or drinking something you don't like. Why should you have force yourself to acquire a taste for something? (I've never had a beer. I've taken sips of beer but have never drank an entire can/glass/etc. of beer.) Now here is the exception to my dislike of alcohol... wine. I love wine. Not in the come home and drink it every night kind of way (I wouldn't want to see the punishment for that from my trainer) but in the I enjoy a nice glass of wine with good company and preferably a delicious meal. I also enjoy champagne but can usually only handle one class of champs. I am the same person with or without alcohol but others don't always see this. If I do venture out to a bar and order a water people tend to mock and comment which is probably why this was one of the more difficult insecurities to overcome. But now, I have happily and publicly declared my distaste for alcohol.  

I go to bed really early.
Really, I could be a grandma sometimes. Fortunately, I have a lot to do when I come home but if it wasn't for that never ending to do list, I would probably venture to bed by 8:00 PM every night. Happily. 

I don't make the greatest first impression. 
I really do try with this one but majority of the time, it just doesn't happen. I tend to be more quiet and standoffish and therefore come off as cold and impolite. I do make an effort to improve this but I've accepted the reality that it just takes time. 

I say obnoxious things. 
Thankfully, I tend to only say these things around my closest friends. I have my theory on being allergic to vegetables, my plans to be a stay at home, my dreams of being the First Lady (although some don't think I would be very good at this), the lavish 30th Birthday party I've planned for myself if I am unmarried, and sadly, the list goes on. 

Likes
I'll say it. I love social media "likes." I've gotten better, but I have been known to obsess over an Instagram post and count the likes as they come in. I used to delete a photo if I did not receive a certain amount of likes in a given window of time but have since overcome that insecurity. So please, if you follow me on Insta, go ahead, give it that double tap!

My Henry voice. 
This is probably one of my defining uniquties. I have a  voice I use when imitating Henry. He can't say his Rs. Its annoying to some but I love it. I think Henwy enjoys it toooo. 

I rarely read books. 
Reading was never my best subject. Growing up, I always preferred to play math practice. Thanks Mom for making me think school work was a normal play activity growing up. I just never took to reading and its something I can't get into. I read a lot. Online articles, journals, blogs, etc.. But actual books rarely happen. I am envious of those who read a lot and always want to read more, but I have way too many unfinished books on my iPad. 

My Faith. 
My faith is a large part of who I am but something I rarely speak about. I am involved in my church and attend regularly (not as often as I should) but I consider my relationship with Christ to be my most deeply personal and intimate relationship so I have a really difficult time sharing. 

Ok, this post turned out much longer than I anticipated. To read more about what I am thankful for (besides myself) check out this post

xoxo,

Danielle

Thursday, November 20, 2014

My Girls


A few weeks ago, I wrote about why I started my own college advising program and since our very first meeting together was exactly one year ago today, I thought I would share some more about what this past year has looked like. 

The whole idea of this program started more than a year ago when I was still in the classroom and probably even further back to 2006 when I was applying to colleges and overwhelmed myself. I knew what I wanted to do but wasn't sure of how to make meetings feasible. My apartment wasn't quite large enough to host that many people. Would Panera really have enough space available on a regular basis for six girls and their families? Then one day, while running through Queen's campus with a friend, she suggested what better place to host college advising meetings than a college campus? So, I eagerly reached out to Queens University and was thrilled when their admissions staff offered me their space on the third Thursday evening of every month until May! 

Next, I had to select the group. There were so many students who had impacted my life that it really was difficult to think about who I wanted to work with, but ultimately I chose the ones I had stayed in touch with the most since school ended in June. I bribed them to come to my meeting with a dinner and promised to explain my crazy ideas once they arrived. Thankfully, the girls and their families believed in me and showed up to our first meeting exactly one year ago. The whole evening was a blur. I planned a presentation on why I wanted to start this program and had planned on being professional and in teacher mode but I am pretty sure I cried throughout most of the first meeting because I was just so excited that everything was becoming a reality for the girls and me. We were going to do this. Together. 

These girls. They are impressive. 

They've started their own organizations empowering students and young women across their high school campus to become educated and motivated for success. They've developed mentorship programs for their IB freshman. They are the leaders on their campus and hold positions in numerous student organizations at their school. They play varsity sports. They have jobs and work 20+ hours a week. They attend leadership conferences. They volunteer in their community They have a passion for global issues and take a stand for undocumented students. They speak up and take initiative on issues within their high school. On top of it all, they are the most resilient, positive, and ambitious young women I know. (Did I mention how smart they all are too? They did have a fabulous Algebra II teacher.)

This past year has been an adventure as we have tried to navigate the sea of college applications together. We spent the first six months meeting monthly at Queens to discuss the process and review information that I gathered by tracking down every knowledgeable advisor in the Charlotte area and begging them to share their wisdom with me. For the summer months, the girls started scheduling their tours to UNC Chapel Hill, Davidson, Queens, Clemson, Wake Forest, and we will take our final trip this weekend to NC State. 



The fall has been what can only be described as organized chaos. As much as I tried to plan in advance, there have been a few hiccups along the way. (You would think there would be one site that could list all of the accurate college application deadlines for both early and regular decision. Wrong.)  We've been editing their essays and deleting a few that were blah. (For clarity, I am not writing their essays. I simply help them to write by having them dig deep and having them write about what is most meaningful to them. We do edit for grammatical mistakes as well but all of the writing is their own.) I triple check every application. These applications do not have built in spell check so you have to read through carefully. I make sure the correct essay was uploaded to their application. Lastly, I do my best to be their overly excited, constantly motivating cheerleader. 

They are definitely overextended with IB senior year course work, clubs, sports, jobs, and applications. I know we are all too eager for April to arrive when we will have all of our acceptances, but for now, we are doing our best to enjoy each step of the way. Too soon, I know, they will be off to college. While I cannot wait for this day (and to visit them all obsessively) I will be saddened by the fact that I cannot simply see them as often as I do now. These girls have my heart. I speak of them as if they are my own and brag to anyone who will listen. This past year, we have laughed, we have cried, we have broken down in the middle of college campuses crying because we are overjoyed, we've been mad at each other, annoyed with missed deadlines, and supported each other every day. 

It is my goal for them to put all of themselves into their applications. They are truly exceptional young women, and I wish I could convince each of the admissions counselors to accept them all because I know they will make monumental impacts once they arrive but sadly- the decision is not mine. While they each have their dream school, and like I did, believe their world will fall apart if they are not accepted, I know that each of them will end up exactly where they are supposed to be. And that college or university will be the luckiest school in the world. 


xoxo,

Danielle


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Outfit: Black Romper

I didn't really see myself as trendy enough to dabble into the romper world but recently, I took the plunge and purchased a black romper from Vestique in Charlotte. I was surprised by how comfortable it is and love the versatility with style options. I pairs with a boyfriend cardigan but you could easily throw on a fur vest or even layer with a chambray shirt underneath. Maybe I will be really brave and layer with tights for the cooler winter months. 






I think I snagged most of this outfit on sale. I posted links to similar items below. 





xoxo,

Danielle




Thursday, November 13, 2014

Outfit: Burberry and a Blazer

I've been trying to explain to Santa to how much I desperately need this Burberry Trench for Christmas this year. I'm not sure that he really believes that I've been that nice this year so he may forget to pick it up for me. In the meantime, I put together this little outfit featuring an old, loved Burberry scarf of mine. My Dad surprised me with it when he came home from a trip while I was in high school. I haven't been able to find one similar but all of their cashmere scarves are dreamy. 

I paired with this Madewell Blazer, my Madewell Boy Jeans (also seen here), and these Tory Burch flats








Put in a good vibe for me with Santa please?

xoxo,

Danielle

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Hosting a Modern Calligraphy Event at Cottage Chic

Charlotte readers, I am excited to share that I will be hosting a Modern Calligraphy Workshop with Cottage Chic on Sunday December 7th. Lydia Robins Hendrix, who was actually my grand-big in my sorority, will be coming up from Columbia to teach the event. I've heard great things about her past workshops and can't wait to attend one myself.  Cottage Chic is one of my favorite stores in Charlotte and they recently remodeled their store and it's heavenly. They will be offering 15% gifts purchased during the event. I'm sure there is someone on your Christmas List who you can pick up a gift for. Jessica from JJ Horton Photography will be photographing the event and treats will be provided by Hey Sugar Shop


We are offering two sessions, one at 1:00 and one at 3:30 with 15 slots each. Cost to attend is $40 and includes all of the supplies you will need. If you live in the area, or close enough to come for the afternoon, please RSVP to join us for a fun filled holiday celebration!

Can't wait to see you soon!

xoxo,

Danielle


Monday, November 10, 2014

Feeling Iffy


Lately, I've been suffering from what I have decided to call "iffy syndrome."

To be completely transparent, I have anxieties and take a daily prescription to help me cope with the symptoms which can be overwhelming at times. I spent years in denial of my anxiety trying to manage the constant uneasiness on my own. One day, I realized that my anxieties were inevitable and since both my mother and grandmother have had issues with anxieties, I should consider myself fortunate to have realized the severity of them at such a young age and that I took initiative to get help. While I am thankful for the medicines, they do not make my anxieties perfect and I still go through phases when they are more intense. 

As of recently, they have been more intense and hence my self diagnosis with "iffy syndrome." With "iffy syndrome" I doubt myself in everything and feel unsure about everything in my life. Literally everything. It can be all consuming and I thought I was the only one wandering around suffering with this uncertainty. Since its been a few months of feeling this way, I started to speak about some of my anxieties and feelings of uncertainty with a few of my closest friends and realized that they too feel the same way. 

We are all questioning are relationships, friendships, jobs, education, out living situations and everything else in our lives right now. We spend so much of our lives planning for the future. I strategically calculated every class I took in high school so I could gain admission to college. In college, everything was done to build the resume so you were successful in the real world. I developed these plans for where I saw myself by 25, 30, even 40. 

In this plan by 30, I went to grad school. I learned another language. I traveled to all six inhabitant continents. I ran a marathon. I had a boyfriend and got married. I lived in another country for at least a year. I lived in New York City. I spent time on the West Coast. I had various jobs. I started my own nonprofit. (I also magically had all of the financial means to do these things.) 

With all of this planning we are trained to do, it's so easy to let yourself down when things don't go exactly as you planned. My life isn't how I envisioned it would be. Am I letting myself down? Am I settling? Will I regret my decisions? Will these decisions impact my future? Will I never get the opportunity to do these things that I actually took the time to type out in a list and save on my mac for years?

With all of this questioning, I find myself overwhelmed with anxiety and "iffy syndrome." Maybe I am exactly where I am supposed to be or maybe I'm not. If I'm not, how can I find my way there? 

I didn't have an exact plan when I sat down to write this post. I just wanted to share how I was feeling as I know others are feeling the same way. It can be difficult to navigate the anxiety and uncertainty when we think we are doing it alone. 

Heres to doing it together!

With gratitude for you reading this, 

Danielle 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

You Don't Get Unless You Ask

I was recently asked for “The best advice I’ve ever received.” While I’ve received a lot of advice in my 26 years and a lot of people have influenced me with their words, if I had declare one piece of advice as the most influential and meaningful in my life, it would have to be from my Dad on asking for what I want in life.

Now, I can’t pin point the exact moment that he first bestowed this advice upon me, but it has been one of my more distinguishable traits for as long as I can remember. Probably my earliest memory is as a child when I go to a restaurant and pretend to be mature, normal child and order a side salad. I would look up at the unknowing waiter and politely ask for a side salad with cheese, crotons, and ranch and never left off the “no lettuce, please.”

While an eight year old ordering a particularly unusual salad may not demonstrate why this advice has been so meaningful, it really is the start to what has shaped me to be who I am today.  

As a child and on to my adulthood, I have always been encouraged to ask for exactly what I wanted and have been able to articulate myself maturely (or at least, I think so.) While it progressed from custom ordering off of a menu, to asking for leadership positions, and to requesting collaboration for this blog, asking has always been something that I am not afraid to do.

Recently, at the Forbes Under 30 Summit (did you know Iattended J) I spent a day with the Mayor of Philadelphia who was leading a very ambitious campaign for the city of Philadelphia to host the Summit next year and he said “You don’t get unless you ask.” And that my friends, is the best advice I think anyone can give.

I’m not claiming to be the best practitioner of this advice. I have certainly missed out on a few opportunities because I was too afraid to ask for them. It can be intimidating to ask because you risk the answer of a “no” but from my experiences, more often the not, the answer is “YES!”

Ask away.

xoxo,


Danielle

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Outfit: Kate Spade LBD

Every girl needs that Little Black Dress that she loves. Fortunately, I have many and this happens to my new favorite LBD in rotation. I received this gem as a birthday gift and I love it. Fortunately for you, Kate Spade is currently having a Surprise Sale. While this dress isn't featured in the sale, I do have my eyes on the Peplum Dress. In true display of my creativity, I paired the dress with an older Kate Spade necklace and my favorite Kate Spade booties (also seen here.) 






xoxo,

Danielle

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Harvard, Brown, and Yale Oh My!

I may or may not have mentioned that last fall I started an informal college advising program for six of my former students. During my time in the classroom, I noticed that there was a push to lead transformational change to change the trajectory of our students lives so that they went on to college, but we weren't exactly telling them how to get there. For instance, in my classes we discussed various colleges both local to North Carolina and National and I put together presentations on average SAT scores, GPA, activities on campus, and your basic overview to gain student excitement. 

What I did not do was prepare my students for the overwhelming, complex process of applying to college. So last fall, after realizing that some students had great potential and would likely attend college but not one to their fullest potential, I decided to launch my own program geared towards helping students navigate the college application process. 

Aside from the fact that I applied and was accepted to colleges, I had very little credibility as to why I should be the one to lead them through this process. One thing I did have, was passion and in the very bottom of my heart, I wanted these girls to attend college. I spent a few months doing my research and utilizing various resources available on the internet and connecting with college advisors from various schools across Charlotte. With this knowledge, I put together a program that focused on information sessions during their junior year including topics such as private vs. public schools, financial aid, student loans vs. scholarships, essay writing workshops, and all of the other topics students in different communities hear from the start (if not before) their high school experience. For their senior year, my hope was to visit colleges that they were applying to (each of the six girls were required to visit at least 3 college campuses) and then coach them throughout the application process. 

This fall has certainly been overwhelming as I balance a schedule of weekend college visits, reminding  students of upcoming deadlines, having strategic discussions about essays, proofreading essays and applications, writing recommendations, and overseeing the entire process until they press submit. 

Yes, it is a lot of work. I did not fully think through that requiring each student to apply to a minimum of six schools (most are applying to anywhere from 8-10) meant that I was looking at 40-50 applications to review myself. Fortunately, I've made good friends along the way who keep me sane and support me throughout this process. 

I consistently get asked why I am doing this and I think there are a few specific answers to that question. First, while I am no longer in the classroom, I am still deeply committed to the idea that all students have access to a rigorous academic education and the opportunities to go on to college should that be their choice. While I sold out and left education for a higher paying job, I still want more for those students who impacted my life so deeply. Secondly, these students are me. I myself was a first generation college student and while I was overly excited about the college application process, I had no real idea of how to navigate it. I was not surrounded by family, friends, and older adults who had attended college. I did not fully understand the process aside from what I learned on tours and visits to admissions offices. In my applications, I was not confident enough to be myself and only presented myself in a way that I thought admissions counselors wanted to see me. Because of this, I did not tell my story. I did not share why I was unique and why I would make a difference on a college campus. Instead, I made my application look like every other middle class white girl applying to college.  I do not want these girls to miss out on opportunities because they are too afraid to tell their story and be their true selves in their applications. Which is why I am so passionate about this program and why I am so thankful for my family, friends, and community members both near and far who have supported me this past year as I develop this process. Most importantly, I am thankful for the students who allow me this opportunity and trust me as I do my best to help them in their futures. Even though I've made a few mistakes along the way. 

So all of the above is the background as to why I planned this trip that I did this past weekend. If you've spent more than 30 minutes with me in the past few years, you've more than likely heard me speak about Ana. She's an incredible student, inspirational leader, and one of the most mature and humble 17 years olds I've ever encountered. Her academical accolades are the best and I am more than eager to see which college will be lucky enough to have her join their freshman class next fall.  

We've been talking about the Ivy League schools for a quite a while now and I thought she deserved a trip to experience them outside of her YouTube video watching. We planned an ambitious trip, with a packed schedule which would take us to tour Harvard, Yale, and Brown in two days. 

We arrived Thursday evening to Boston where we rented a car and drove to Cambridge for the night. That morning, we had breakfast with some of my TFA friends before starting the day with an information session and tour of Harvard. 


Ivy at an Ivy League? Groundbreaking. 



Harvard Yard


The statue of three lies. 

After grabbing a quick meal to go from Shake Shack, we drove (singing Taylor Swift and sipping milkshakes) to Providence where we attended another information session and tour of Brown. 


Students can only walk through the gates twice during the time (convocation and commencement) at Brown or if you are a boy you won't graduate and if you are a girl you will never marry. 


Brown Quad. 


Stopped by to watch swim practice. 


Visiting our favorite faculty member at Brown. 

We stayed the night in Providence and then woke up the next morning to drive to New Haven for our final information session and tour at Yale. Unfortunately, it was a rainy, chilly day. Despite the water, I still found Yale to be beautiful. 


I may have an obsessions with leaves. 



Sadly, I don't really know what any of these buildings are but aren't they beautiful? 


I do remember this one. The Library. Maybe I would have spent more time in Cooper if it looked like this. 


Rubbing the toe for good luck. 


Bar Pizza. 

I documented the pizza for three reasons. 
1. My friend Lilie Jane drove over to New Haven for the day to meet us for lunch and sitting with Lilie and Ana may have been one of my most exciting lunches. Ever. 
2. The pizza was mashed potato, bacon, and cheese suggested by Troy. And it was delicious. 
3. Because we were enjoying this pizza and company so much, we left a bit later than anticipated and ended up missing our flight out of Boston which resulted in a mid drive panic session and a redirected travel plan out of Providence. (Thanks Mom for saving the day!)

Exhausting weekend to the say the least but every single minute was well worth it! I am thinking about reapplying to undergrad myself. Some of the tour guides thought I was a senior, pretty sure I can make this happen. 

xoxo,

Danielle