Once a Wildcat

“Great moments are born from great opportunity.”

Alright, so I stole that quote from Herb Brooks and the inspirational sports movie Miracle, but I feel like it perfectly describes Villanova basketball, the 2016 season and the fairy tale ending of the NCAA tournament.

I don’t think any one of us will ever forget how we felt when Kris Jenkins (“Big Smoooooth”) hit that game-winning buzzer shot. It’s pretty hard to erase the memory of bursting into tears in a bar of screaming Nova fans.

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…But there was another moment right before all the confetti and the excitement that solidified my intense love for Villanova. With 4.7 seconds left, Nova was getting ready to inbound the ball, and I made myself look around. The bar  was packed wall-to-wall with die hard Nationers, and every single one of us was staring at the game like our lives depended on those last 4.7 seconds. Continue reading

Likes & Favorites: Birthday Weekend

Birthdays are the best days of the year, so why limit them to 24 hours? As long as I can remember, I’ve stretched my birthday out over days (or even a week…), because 1. I’m a birthday diva & 2. It’s more fun. Here are my favorite things from this past ~birthday~ weekend!

Cupcakes on cupcakes

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One major theme of my birthday: cupcakes. I absolutely adore cupcakes, so I was not complaining when my fabulous roomie got me 4 from Sweet Elizabeth‘s in Manayunk (the salted caramel one was to die for) and my co-workers got me a pumpkin spiced treat from Philly Cupcake. They were all delicious, plus look how cute they are!

Fun fall outfit

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As the birthday girl, I had to make sure I looked **flawless, so I opted for a (basic) fall outfit. It was comfy, warm and stylish.

{Dark Wash Jeans | American Eagle} ♦ {Navy Vest| Gap} ♦ {Knit Sweater | Stitch Fix} ♦ {Suede Booties| DSW}

Good food with my favorite people

I ate very well my birthday weekend. On Friday, Ryan took me to White Dog Cafe (my faaaave) and we had maple-brown-sugar-BACON ice cream for dessert (amazing). Then on Saturday, we went on a double date with my parents down the shore which resulted in nachos, wine and lots of laughs. Can’t complain about good food with even better company.

Surprises & sunsets

I’ve always liked surprises & I think the smallest ones are the best. On Friday, I found this cute little sign on the wall next to my desk, and when I got home, I was greeted by flowers, balloons and a big hug from Ryan. And then on my actual birthday, we braved the chilly autumn weather for a surprisingly beautiful sunset. Doesn’t get much better than that.

Pinterest worthy wall

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Haley and I had this HUGE white wall in our living room that we literally had no idea what to do with. After dismissing a gallery wall or floating shelves, we decided on gold dot decals, arranged like confetti. Now it looks like someone actually lives here, plus it always feels like a party. Oh, did I mention this only cost $13?

Liking 23 so far & Favoriting a relaxing, fun bday weekend.

Caritas.

In my high school yearbook, my dad wrote me a note in the parents well-wishes section. Before he signed it, he closed with a Latin phrase: Veritas, Unitas, Caritas. Of course, I didn’t know what it meant so my best friend Emily googled it. It turns out it was the core values of Villanova, and they were simple: Truth, Unity, & Love. I appreciated my dad’s sentiment but thought nothing more of it.

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