Today I turn 23, and although I’ve heard no one likes you when you’re 23, I’m looking forward to the year ahead more than ever. Year 22 has tested me, changed me, excited me, intimidated me, and humbled me. This year taught me that while you’re busy making plans, life is re-arranging everything to make even better ones. It’s an exciting thing to know some of the best days of our lives haven’t even happened yet. 22 felt like a year of lasts and the close of a chapter. My last year of school, my last summer vacation, my last college apartment. 23 feels like a year of firsts bursting at the seams.
Lessons Learned in Year 22
Social Media Fish Bowl- Living in the 21st century, we look at someones Facebook profile and think we know what is going on in their life without even asking. I used to think it was a great way to stay in touch with friends from college, relatives, etc. but I have come to find it is hurting and isolating my human interactions. I don’t want to read about someone’s new job when they update their status and write “Congratulations!” in the comment section, I want to hear the excitement in their voice when they call me and share the news. I want to hear about a new boy in my friends life over coffee or cry about their break-up over ice cream. I want to experience life with my friends on a Friday night, not watch it through their snapchat story. I want to live and share more on a personal level, outside a social platform.
Self-Love – I have a quote I found early in year 22 hanging on every mirror in my bedroom. “We’re are all so worried about being pretty. Let’s be pretty kind, pretty funny, pretty smart, pretty strong.” This quote has brought me so much closer to self-acceptance in world of constant comparison and I hope it can do the same for you. We have so much more to contribute to this world than a perfectly filtered selfie.
Vulnerability– A couple of years ago, I had my first real heartbreak. When it happened, it felt like it was never going to get better. I told myself I was never going to feel that way again, which means I was sacrificing the unbelievable feeling of being in love again. I didn’t let anyone close enough to hurt me for quite some time. This year I opened my heart up again. I found that the possibility of being hurt is outweighed by the magical feeling of being in love. I also learned that heartbreak still stings, but everyone you lose is not a loss.
This rain and 70 degree weather is really putting a damper on my fall fashion excitement! I’ve made a commitment to NOT purchase summer clearance items and solely focus on making fall clothing, but I’m not getting to put it to instant use. Today I’m showing you two everyday looks that wear all season!
First is my “everyday uniform” or the pieces I find myself wanting to wear everyday of fall. Black skinny jeans with a slight wear-and-tear, booties, loose fit tee, paired with an army green vest and topped with a wide-brim hat! If it’s not a vest, its a flannel or a jean shirt/jacket tied around my waist. I’m a fan of the “rule of third” adding an extra piece that isn’t necessary but enhances your outfit simply.
Second is my on-the-go look or as fashion likes to call it today “leisure chic.” I’ve recently gathered an obsession for joggers. They are publicly appropriate pajamas! I’ve also been living in my leather vans since the moment I bought them and their the perfect transition shoe from sandals to winter boots. To make the look a little more ready to wear, I threw on my leather motorcycle jacket.
I’ve been on the HUNT for a small leather backpack for weeks! They’re the perfect bag for a fall concert or running errands and I can’t get enough of it.
What’s your fall fashion item you can’t go a day without wearing?
Is anyone else itching for fall weather and fashion?! On this official last day of summer, I’m packing up my summer wardrobe and indulging in all things layers, dark colors and cozy! One of my favorite parts of fall are the tours that come through the city! Falls a great time to enjoy an outdoor concert with out having to sweat your way through an entire set. I can’t wait share some upcoming #OOTD’s on my instagram, be sure to follow along at @seaschelll!
Back to School is here, yippee! As happy as I am to be a graduate, I’m still a little sad I’m not participating in the back to school festivities. There’s just something about new backpacks, notebooks and tennis shoes that gets us all excited for a fresh start. For junior/seniors in college, back to school usually means the start of a new internship. When I was in school, mine were my favorite part of the semester. It was exciting to use what I was learning in the classroom and apply it to the “real world.” The perfect balance of being an adult, yet still being a kid and getting to go home to college apartment at the end of the day. I’m extremely lucky to have had 3 internship experiences over my 4 years, each one even better than the last. I’ve put together five tips that will help make your experience the best it can be!
Be On Time – Arriving on time is the first impression you can make! Employers want someone who is reliable and is there when they’re expected to be. In my personal life I tend to be a few minutes behind the rest of the world, but when it comes to career I set myself up to be 15 minutes early!
Try New Things – Being an intern presents an opportunity to try things outside of your comfort zone. Don’t be afraid to try skills outside of what you know, as it’s still okay to make simple mistakes. An internship isn’t just to practice what you already know, but pick up new skills as well.
Dress Appropriately – Figuring out a companies atmosphere can be a little tricky in the beginning. It all depends on what field you have chosen to pursue. Stick to a stricter dress code for a few weeks and observe your peers in the meantime. Does everyone wear neutral colors and suits? Are jeans on Fridays a thing? Are dresses without tights OK? Always over-dress rather than under!
Nurture Relationships – Networking is important! Building meaningful relationships with your peers and supervisors can help you grow as in individual. Relationships are also the #1 way people extend a helping hand when it comes to referrals for future opportunities.
Relax – Every task is not a task of life or death! Yes, it is important to complete every task to the best of your ability, but becoming overly competitive or nervous can actually make things harder. Have confidence in yourself and remember you were chosen for this internship because your supervisors saw something in you they believed in.
Summer is coming to it’s end (although this heat wave sure doesn’t feel like it!!!) and it’s time for one more adventure before we toss in the towel! Go Ape! ropes course and zip-lines in North Park is the perfect place to try something new and get active outside! I’ll admit I’m a very “city” girl but I also like to play in the dirt every once in a while. This ropes course is just 22 minutes outside of downtown Pittsburgh!
Spots fill up fast, so be sure to book in advance! Once you get situated in your harness and go through a group training, they let you out loose on the course! There are five courses of tarzan swings, monkey ropes, and balancing acts; each ending with a zip-line to transport you to the next. I’ve done ropes courses before during my teen days at summer camp, but I have to admit by the end I was exhausted!
The course over-all took us about about 2 1/2 hours. It was thrilling, fun, and really a team-bonding experience cheering on and supporting each other while up in the air.
What is your last adventure of summer going to be over Labor Day Weekend?
Hope my readers are hungry because this post is going to be tasty! Pittsburgh Restaurant Week kicks off today with over 80 restaurants across the city and beyond participating. Meat & Potatoes, Ruth Chris’s Steak House, Grit & Grace, Bigham Tavern, Matteo’s and tako; just to name a few! If you’ve never dined during restaurant week, you are missing out on delicious food for an even more delicious price. Participating restaurants (full list here) offer specialty items or a 3-course menu ranging from $20.15-30.15, Monday-Sunday.
I was lucky enough to attend the annual kickoff party on Thursday at the Nation Aviary thanks to Director Brian McCollum. Sixteen restaurants passed preview dishes to get guests mouths watering for the week to come. The winner, Pan Asian Kitchen in Lawrenceville, served up a Lobster Monkey Roll and a Kuro Buta Belly. After “dinner”, we made our way out to the rose garden for a performance by Nameless in August.
Hello Friends! I’m back in the ‘Burgh after an unforgettable trip to the Big Apple! I learned so much about blogging, social media and more! I really took this past week to reflect and take in all that I experienced. NYC is a fast-paced city filled with driven, motivated individuals and I feel so lucky to be a part of such a strong, brilliant group of women!
Here are a few photos from my adventures!
One World Trade Center, we went all the way to the top!
Giant bubbles in Central Park
Hometown love in Times Square
Until next time NYC!
P.S. You will notice some changes to my site over the next couple of weeks, I’m making some major changes! Thanks for bearing with me!
I’m so excited to share an awesome project I’ve gotten involved in! Stylish Pittsburgh was created by Personal Stylist Niki Whittle of Style, Studs and Lace to promote how truly fashionable the people of our city are and the local shopping hot spots. Pittsburgh is being dubbed “up and coming” in so many aspects, and we think fashion should be included!
I first connected with Niki when she interviewed me on her blog (which was a complete honor!!) and was eager to be included in this movement when she extended the invitation to join the #StylishPittsburgh team. Last week July 28th was proclaimed Stylish Pittsburgh Day in Pittsburgh! Each year on Stylish Pittsburgh Day the city will:
Celebrate Pittsburgh’s unique and diverse style with a social media campaign
Celebrate local designers/makers and their contribution to Pittsburgh’s style, individuality, and ever growing entrepreneurial spirit that supports the growth of the local economy
Mark the beginning of Shadyside and Lawrenceville Annual Sidewalk Sales that make style affordable, with the potential scope to reach out across the city and build a city-wide movement
Share and promote the contribution that Pittsburgh’s diverse communities have on the vibrancy and confidence of our city through the individual cultures, traditions and style of Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods
I’m honored to be included in this group of fabulous fashionistas and bloggers to help promote the city I love! Give us a like on our Facebook page or tag your OOTD’s on instagram with #stylishpittsburgh!
The week is finally here! This Thursday bright and early (8:20 a.m. to be exact) I’ll be on a flight to New York City. I’ve never been to the city before, and to say I’m thrilled is an understatement! Thursday and Friday I’ll be explorin’ the typical tourist areas, while Saturday and Sunday I’ll be attending Her Conference! This blog is a member of the ‘Her Campus Blogger Network’ and I’m looking forward to meeting other members and hearing from the featured panelist. I’m still working on what I’m going to wear on the streets and in the classroom (do it for the #instagram), but I’ve got together my essentials for the road there:
Travel Wallet – Only bring the necessities! Travel light and minimize the risk of things being lost or stolen in large crowds.
Charger – When I get off the plane, I want to jump in a cab and explore! My phone has maps & tips how to get around. A full battery can help make coordinating the day easier.
Ipad/Headphones – With wi-fi now available on planes (hashtag blessed) I’m bringing my iPad to keep me connected while in the clouds! It’s a quick flight and I’ll probably talk my moms ear off, but I’ll still spend a little time listening to my favorite tunes! (cue “Welcome to New York” by Taylor Swift.)
Snacks & Water – Snacks are the best part of everyday. I know as soon as I get on the plane, I’m going to be hungry. Eating Gluten Free makes things a little more inconvenient so I always come prepared!
Camera – A new place with new memories to capture!
Sunglasses – In PGH and NYC it’s currently sunny and hot! No sense in digging through my luggage when I can have them readily available in my bag right off the plane.
Hair-ties & Clips – I want to be comfortable during traveling, which means hair out of my face!
Wet Wipes & Chapstick & Tylenol – Moist cloths to clean up any messes or sanitize public areas. Hydrated lips & pain relief from headaches!
Stay tuned into my trip by following along on Instagram or searching the hashtag #BelleTakesNYC. Catch you in the Big Apple!
Pittsburgh is heating up for the fourth! The 4th of July is one of my FAVORITE holidays! Fireworks, american pride, hot dogs and family & friends; what’s not to love?! This year Pittsburgh is bringing back the signature theme associated with the weekend, You Gotta Regatta! The EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta is happening July 3rd, 4th and 5th across Point State Park and the North Shore 12 p.m. – 10 p.m. every day! This year features a 90 ft LED ferris wheel (hello PGH coachella?!), I Made it Market!, Food Truck Row, BMX bikes, flying frisbee dogs, power boats, kids fun and much more.
You won’t want to miss performances by country music sweethearts Brett Eldredge and Chris Young! Most viewing sections are free but this year they’ve added a V.I.P pit directly in front of the stage. Tickets available here. The main attraction is of course EQT ‘Flashes of Freedom’ fireworks set to blow at 9:30 p.m. off the Three Rivers on the 4th.