The Darling Nomadess: November 2013

Monday, November 25, 2013

How to Save Money Online Shopping

As we all know, I'm all about saving money! I never pay full price for anything! Heck, I just shopped Express's Black Friday Sale early. What would have been a total of $160 at check out ended up only being $37! Here are some of the programs I use to make sure I get the most bang for my buck!


1. My mom told me about Ebates years ago and I've been using it since high school! Ebates helps you find the best coupons online and you get cash back with each purchase that saves up in your account then, every few months you'll get a check in your mailbox! It's like being paid to shop! Also, when you sign up, you get to chose a $10 gift card from select stores! 

2. What's not to love about Groupon?! I often find great deals for hair cuts, manicures, spa treatments, and even restaurants and traveling! I'm actually looking at the Cancun trip for spring break right now! You can buy Groupons for yourself or give them as gifts...even use them for date night!

3. Rue La La is THE bomb dot com. You say you have that champagne taste on a cheap beer budget type style? Guess what, Rue La La offers the best of both worlds! You can get your favorite name brands for SUPER cheap. Lilly Pulitzer, Jack Rogers, Calvin Klein and other favorites...yeah, they are frequently offered for insanely low prices!

4. Student Rate focuses on putting money back into students' pockets! Many of us are online shopping anyways so make sure to check them out! Signing up for an account is free and you can get more information about Student Rate here

How do you save money when shopping online?

With Love,
Ashliegh

P.S. I'm also campus rep for A-List Greek Designs! Yay! Check them out if you're looking for the perfect jewelry gifts for your favorite sorority sisters! Use code "Ashliegh" at checkout to receive 10% off your order AND get FREE shipping!

I am Superwoman

I've never been the emotional type. Opening up about how I feel has never come naturally to me. Some might say I come off cold or intense, perhaps even insensitive. When an unfortunate event occurs, I'm the type to always say, "I'm fine". I do my best to not cry in public and emotions make me uncomfortable. I'm the type of girl who thinks I can do it all, or damn it, I'm going to die trying. I'm strong and don't give a damn about how you feel about me. Love me or hate me, I am Superwoman.

Though lately, I don't feel like it.

I typically deal with rejection well. I've been broken up with and cheated in the past and just brush those relationships off my shoulder. I've been bullied, not just teased.

I've always enjoyed writing. When I was younger, I loved writing in diaries. I had so many of them, too. In the fourth grade I had a crush on a boy I sat next to in my language arts class. Of course, I wrote about it in my diary. I was proud of this particular journal as I had decorated it myself with clippings from my favorite magazines. I carried that diary with me everywhere, even to school in fear that my mom, or worse, my younger sisters, would read it. One day, I left my language arts class room to go to the bathroom before class started. When I returned, an unimaginable scene was happening before my eyes.

When I reentered the classroom, I had never felt so rejected in my life. The whole class was laughing at me. The boy I had a crush on was sitting on the teacher's reading stool, the teacher no where to be found. In his hand was no ordinary reading assignment. It was my diary that he had dug out of my backpack and read to the class while I was away.

I don't know how I managed it, but I didn't cry. I walked up to that boy, grabbed my diary then threw it in the trashcan. That night, I went home and threw away all of my diaries, thinking, why keep anything in my life if it just hurts me. After that day, I became absurdly shy.

Though this is just one of the instances of being bullied in my younger years, I recently heard a piece of advice that perhaps I've always believed yet couldn't put into words on my own: "If someone has a problem with you, thats their problem." This came from a woman who probably has no idea how much I look up to her. She also has my dream job.

I'm a senior in college now which means I've started my job search. I scored a phone interview with my dream job a few weeks ago. It's a job I've been working to hold since I joined my sorority my freshman year. About a week ago, I learned that I wouldn't ever hold this dream job and it's been crushing me - I'm paralyzed in a state of shock. I never expected to have the position but I also had so much hope to reach just one dream. To know all the long nights - the blood, sweat, and tears were all worth it to accomplish just one goal.

I'm not entirely sure if I should even be writing any of this on a public blog but I need to get my feelings out, even if I can't show it in person. I don't even know if I'll hit the "publish" button for this one.

I know God has a plan for me and everything happens for a reason. It's something I've learned time and time again over the past few years. I know I the job search will be hard and I'll probably be rejected from a lot of jobs but, damn. This one hurts worse than any break up or bullying I've ever experienced.

Even though it hurts, I still find a way to pull myself together. I'm sure my friends know something is up but I can't break down. I have to keep going; keep pushing through the emotions and hide them. Because I am Superwoman, and I can handle it.

With love,
Ashliegh


Thursday, November 21, 2013

Rue La La Wish List




Rue La La just released their new Facebook wishlist-making app (here) so you bet I've been having fun browsing through all of the beautiful gifts! These are just a few of the items that caught my attention! You'll find the perfect gift for everyone on your list with Rue La La's Gazillion Gifts event! I've already purchased a few items for Christian (shhh, don't tell him!)!

What's on your wishlist?

With Love,

What I Wore: Alpha Phi Semi Formal

Saturday night was my chapter's first real semi-formal! In the past we've had semi-formals; however, they were always on campus with no adult beverages present and they were kind of awkward. It always felt like a high school dance and, hello, we're in college now. 

Right before the dance I decided to dye my hair darker and cut off 4" of its length! I found this gorgeous red high low dress at Macy's back in August and had to have it! At the time, it was $99 and we all should know by now - I don't pay full price for anything! I waited two more weeks then visited the store again. It was on sale. For $49. Next thing I knew, this baby was hanging up in my closet! 

I had a ton of fun at semi-formal with Dr. Prep, his Phi Psi family, which also happened to be many of my sisters' dates, my Littles, and best friends! 

Pretty good lookin' group, dontcha say?!
From left to right: Me, Christian (Dr. Prep), Harry (Meg's date, obvi), Meg (the best friend), Ethan (Dr. Prep's grand little), John (Dr. Prep's Little), and Emily (my Little)


Photo Credit: Spencer Stadnik

Darn those dress hangers!

Dress: Macy's
Necklace: C/O Accessory Mercado


Alpha Phi and Phi Psi family photo at the dance hall!
We're only missing Christian's other Little, Jareth, my first Little (my "first born" haha!), Tricia, and my Grand little, Chelsea! Maybe one day we'll be able to get the whole family! 

What did you wear or would you wear to your sorority's semi formal?

With Love,
Ashliegh

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Fall Trend: Layered Statement Necklaces



Top: Old
Jeans: Old
Boots: ShoeDazzle
Necklaces: C/O Armed & Readi

Normally, I don't believe Christmas should even begin to be celebrated before December 1st. However, last week, my mom dropped off a ton of Christmas decorations at my house! I came home from classes and there was a huge green bag sitting in my living room. My roommates and I just decided to put the tree up rather than let it take up valuable real estate in a corner of the house somewhere. I love the adorable bow ornaments that adorn our tree! 

You might also notice that I'm not rocking my natural blonde hair anymore! The box  I bought to dye my hair said "dark natural blonde". Well, it came out a little darker than expected but I kinda like it! It's a nice change for the winter season. 

Lets move on to the important part of this post - the STELLAR jewelry I'm rocking! The girls behind Armed & Readi contacted me a few weeks ago about their jewelry company. With "high heels and big dreams" Brittany, one of the co-founders started the trendy jewelry company with one of her sorority sisters at Quinnipac University!  They sent me some gorgeous pieces including the Pearl Tassel Necklace (which I am beyond obsessed with!), Tortoise Noir Bracelet, and the two pieces pictured above! 

Fortunately, I like to share with you Darlings and the Holiday collection necklace (the bottom necklace in my layered look) is up for grabs...though you'll have to pry it from my hands cause my closet is going to miss this beauty! Enter to win in the Rafflecopter below!


Which Armed & Readi piece is your favorite?

With Love,
Ashliegh

Linking up with Style Elixir!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Greek Lip Sync!

As a member of a Greek organization, lip sync is one of my favorite events of  the whole year! I mean, besides recruitment...and initiation...and our awesome philanthropy events...ok, so every event we do is my favorite, but lip sync holds a special place!

At my school, the Greek lip sync is a sold out show every year and last night's show was no different! The fraternities and sororities compete in dance numbers while lip syncing. We also raise a lot of money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital during the event. This year, we raised over $2,000!

 It's always a lot of fun preparing for the show with my sisters! For the past few years, my best friend, Meg and I have been the "executive/creative producers" of our sorority's shows. It's a blast dancing, singing, and goofing off at rehearsals with all of my sisters! For us, its not necessarily about the trophy or winning, its all about having fun and bonding, and that we definitely did! I'm so proud of the way our show turned out and all the dedication my Alpha Phi sisters gave to our show!

This year's theme for Alpha Phi's show was "When I Grow Up...". We had different dance numbers for different careers! Watch our show in the video below! Be on the look out for me, I'll see if you can point me out (hint: I wear a crown. Duh!)


Last year's show was a modern day Disney princess theme! This was my all time favorite show that we have done in the past four years! It was so clever and I loved every moment of the whole show. I really took on my character of Rapunzel and making her a very sassy modern day princess to "Whip my Hair." You should probably check out the video below if you're a Disney lover!



Does your school's Greek Life do a lip sync performance or something similar? I would love to see the video so leave a link to it in the comments!

With Love,
Ashliegh

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Sweater Weather with Livin Like Larz

I introduced you to Larissa last week and now she's back to showcase her funky fresh style! Isn't she adorable? Make sure to check out her blog and enter the giveaway below!

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Snuggle up- it's gettin' chilly ! The heart of fall is a time for chunky sweaters, boots, and bell bottom jeans. I find that it can be difficult to stay stylish in midst of the temperatures, but I definitely don't consider it an excuse. A girl's gotta' get creative!
  Free People

I have an obsession with sweaters. Sweaters are hand-knit stories. Each is perfectly stitched together like a piece of art. In this look, I am rockin' one of my favorite Free People Sweaters. They have an incredible collection of sweaters from pullovers, to funky wraps, and long fringe cardigans.
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Bell Bottoms n' bootz. I love my Current/ Elliot bell bottoms. They are the most carefree style of jeans, and they go perfectly with a pair of Sam Edelman Boots. Sassy and sophisticated...oh, and I'm a major fan of the head-wrap. I love the way it looks to embellish wavy hair, a messy top-knot bun, or a funky fishtail braid. If you aren't a fan of head wraps, you can rock it as a headband. Basically I'm a huge fan of hair accessories. Shop the Look:

Jeans: Current/ Elliot
Boots: Sam Edelman
Head-wrap: Free People


Free People The Devil's in the detail. I love the little aztec bracelets stacked on my arms like a masterpiece. One of the hardest parts about an outfit is finding the perfect accessories, or pairing together what you have! I love to stack bracelets. My ideal stack would definitely include the Free People Pyrite and Stones Cuff the less expensive Hard Bangle Set , and the delicate making shapes bracelet

 Shop the Look (my favorite Stacks):




Although this is my free spirit stype, I definitely have a Top Shop love. I think the ability to "flip the switch" between care free and sophisticated posh is key to style success. Each time you visit the shop, they're always on TOP. You can always count on new inventory for every type of event. In honor of my love for topshop, I am offering a $30.00 Giveaway! Enter the giveaway through the Rafflecopter below! 
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Don't forget to follow me on twitter, facebook, and instagram for all my updates. Are you ready to LIVELIKELARZ?! Huge shout out to The Darling Prepstar! 

 XOXO, Larz

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Make sure to drop by Larz's blog and say hello!

With Love,
Ashliegh

Linking up with Style Elixir

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

10 Holiday Desserts To Try This Season





It's almost the holiday season and we all know what that means - calories. don't. count. 
Ok, so just kidding, but with all the delicious treats on the way, I wish calories didn't count! I've gathered up some of my favorite holiday treats on Pinterest and can't wait for finals to be done in a few weeks so I can relax and bake goodies for all my friends and family! I think the recipe I'm most excited to make is the Peppermint Macaroons! There's something about macarons...they're just so dainty and adorable!

Which recipe will you be making this holiday season?

With Love,
Ashliegh


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

My First Vlog!

Heyya Darlings! Rather than coming to you in written form, today, you will get to "meet" me through my first vlog (video blog!)! Super exciting, I know. I was super nervous and didn't have too much prepared to speak about but I hope you enjoy the vlog anyways!

Mentions:
Olive the kitten
Rachael at Pretty in Pink
Sasha, one of my readers
Emily, my sorority little sister

I hope you enjoyed my first Vlog! I don't know if I'll ever do that again...
Anyways, I genuinely love hearing from my readers so feel free to comment below, drop me a line on Facebook or Twitter, or send an email to darlingprepster@gmail.com!

With Love,
Ashliegh

Linking up with Noor's Place and The Dwelling Tree!