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Friday, June 22, 2018

My Summer '18 Look


Happy 2nd day of summer! After reading yesterday's ITG post about defining your summer 'look', I wanted to take a stab at my very own moodboard for the summer featuring all the pieces that my closet is itching for. I've been dreaming of my summer wardrobe since January when I started a Pinterest board for the year, and I've been gravitating toward a lot of the same colors, prints, and fabrics all summer. 


My look for this year consists of lots of gauzy linens, classic stripes, and pops of blood orange reds. I'm totally head over heels for that green striped bikini - the color is so retro to me - and other nods to the past like neon and hair scarves. Anything blue, whether it be navy or lighter shades, is my go-to for warmer weather paired with Jacks and white denim, and I've been wearing this Essie color on my nails for the pop of scarlet. To keep things up to date, I would try some bold eyeliner (I've been tightlining with green almost every day) and otherwise minimal makeup. Add some high waisted denim, classic tees, and a broken in college crewneck to the mix and my summer look is near complete! What is your fashion mood for the season? xox🌱
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

10 Ways to Practice Sustainability this Summer


Now that I've graduated from school, I've been thinking of how I can and should incorporate all that I've learned into my blog and my daily life. This summer is the perfect time to try out different sustainable behaviors and really refine my lifestyle so that I can practice what I preach. Check out my list of 10 ways I plan to incorporate more sustainability in my everyday!


I'm really excited for the new direction the blog is taking and will hopefully be able to write a more lengthy post soon talking about what other kinds of changes you can expect to see soon! xox🌱

Monday, June 18, 2018

College Graduation



It's been a looong time but I'm popping over to the blog to say that I graduated from college at the end of May! I can't even begin to describe what it feels like to finally be done (it hasn't really set in yet). 

I wanted to share a few photos that I took with my friends, and my twin brother, to commemorate our graduation, and also share some updates on how The Scalloped Edge is changing now that I have lots of free post-grad time.






Our university has a tradition not to step on the seal located in one of the main academic buildings. We took a few silly shots like this with our photographer and then I went after the graduation ceremony (once I had my diploma!) to step on the seal and take one last walk around campus.



Our photographer did an amazing job at taking lots of really beautiful pictures, as well as capturing all the fun that my best friends and I have. We are all members of the same sorority and were so lucky to find each other! Of course, Josie and I ended up buying coordinating Lilly Pulitzer dresses - on any given day we are almost always dressed in exactly the same thing!


My friend Jacqui and I have our own hashtag - #jacqandvictakepics - so be sure to follow along with our adventures on Instagram.




We did it! I'm sure that one day soon I'll have a lot more thoughts about what it's like to no longer be a college student, but for now it just seems like summer vacation 4.0. It's been such a wonderful experience and I can't wait to share more with you about my studies, what I learned in school, and how I'm hoping to apply all my knowledge going forward. Let me know if you have any questions regarding academics, applying to colleges, or my collegiate experience!

College: Johns Hopkins University
Major: B.A. in Global Environmental Change and Sustainability
Minors: Entrepreneurship & Management; Spanish Language & Hispanic Culture

Earrings: J. Crew (similar style)
Shoes: Guess (old) / Jack Rogers

Photography by Tracy Gao
Sunday, February 4, 2018

Moisturizers for Dry, Cold Winters


We are in the thick of winter here in Baltimore, and we have at least a month and a half until things start warming up around here. I've found that this winter has been exceptionally dry, and with the massive cold I caught in January, I was doing a lot more washing my hands than I even do regularly and needed to moisturize so much more! The products above are what I've been using recently with a few special mentions:

The Aquaphor spray lotion is a new find for me that makes it so much easier to moisturize your legs, arms and anywhere you don't want a goopy layer of product. I use the Neutrogena Hydro Boost gel lotion every single day and love it to pieces - I think I've gone through probably 5 or 6 tubs already. And my trusty Burt's Bees is what I use on my lips constantly to keep them smooth and not chapped, though I will use good old fashioned Vaseline at night if they are especially dry.

I am crossing my fingers a million times for the warm weather to get here sooner rather than later! Which is a little bit funny considering I'm an environmental science major and there's always tons of chatter about global warming this time of the year. But in all reality, I just love the warmth and the summer months! 
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

5 Things I'd Tell Freshman Me about Sorority Recruitment


Tomorrow is the day that formal sorority recruitment finally begins at my university! Since I am on our Panhellenic executive team (I was Vice President of Marketing for 2017!), I am currently disaffiliated from my chapter and haven't been with all of my sisters in so long. I absolutely loved going through recruitment on the sorority side of things, and had the most fun during our recruitment training and workshops leading up to recruitment when I participated during my sophomore year. But, both last year and this year I have been a Panhellenic officer and learned so much from that type of recruitment experience as well. Once Sunday comes, I'll be back to my chapter and completely transitioned out of all my sorority leadership roles during college, which is kind of crazy to think about. My sorority experience has been such a whirlwind that it's really sad to see it wind down one last time. Since I can't share any pictures or memories from my personal experience with my sorority at the moment, I wanted to talk a little bit about some of the things I wish I had known going into recruitment as a freshman.

1. GO THROUGH THE EXPERIENCE FOR YOURSELF AND NO ONE ELSE
Joining a sorority is a highly personal experience. You are looking to join a group of women who share similar values, are passionate about the same things, and love you for who you are. If someone in your life (parent, boyfriend, etc) is pushing you in one direction or another, remember that these are your four years and no one else's. Don't make a decision about a sorority based on what you think will look cool to your high school friends, and don't be pressured into joining the same organization as a family member if your heart isn't connecting to what that chapter has to offer. And, if you aren't interested in joining a sorority at all but feeling like you are being forced into it by someone you know, take a step back and reevaluate your priorities. The decision you make with sorority recruitment will impact your entire college experience and most likely extend into your later life, so be sure that you are choosing a path that aligns with your goals and needs, not what other people want you to do.

2. LEAVE WHAT YOU HEARD ABOUT EACH CHAPTER AT THE DOOR AND MAKE YOUR OWN JUDGMENTS
It's easy to get sucked into rumors, stereotypes and what you hear floating around campus about each organization before recruitment happens. While there is always an element of truth to certain stereotypes, I would say that 99% of the time they propagate incorrect information about your school's chapters and Greek life in general. Buying into these ideas is harmful and can leave you feeling hurt and confused during recruitment, which is already stressful enough on its own! Similarly to college admissions, you want to end up somewhere where they want you to, and so it's best to ignore what you heard and use the conversations you have with sisters at each chapter to form your own opinions about what each chapter has to offer. This is especially important to keep in mind when you are hearing these stereotypes from guys as well - most of the time the things that guys value about a sorority are not the same  things that sisters love about their organization!!

3. SOME ASPECTS OF RECRUITMENT ARE OUT OF YOUR CONTROL
Recruitment isn't entirely up to you and the way you want the situation to work out. Just how you go into the voting room at the end of each night and select your favorite chapters, each sorority is doing the exact same thing - choosing young women they met that they think will make the best match with their organization. The two lists may not always match up and oftentimes girls are hurt during recruitment when they are cut from a chapter that they really enjoyed. It's important to keep in mind that the chapters that do invite you back the next day are thrilled about you and think you are exceptional and would make a strong addition to their organization, so think positively about those organizations that love you for who you are! Even if there is someplace you really enjoyed that didn't ask you to come back, there is another chapter out there that is dying to have you!
Secondly, there are all sorts of statistical processes, mathematics, and data analysis on the back end of recruitment that you will only know about if you are a Director of Greek Life at a university, one of the statistical specialists that work with recruitment, or a Recruitment Guide / Panhellenic representative. Sometimes there are factors that make decisions completely beyond the control of both the PNMs (potential new members) and the chapters, too. In the end, if you are making genuine connections and learning as much as you can about each group from the sisters you meet, you will end up in the right place for you!

4. THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU VALUE
Each chapter is unique in their own ways. No two chapters will be alike at any university, and even the same sorority at different schools can be wildly different. When you step into the room with any given sorority, ask the important questions. What activities do the sisters do together? What are the philanthropies? Is there room for leadership potential? Anything that is important to you and you want to get out of a sorority experience, ask about. This will help you gauge if the chapter you are talking with can provide you with what you need to have the best college experience. Keep in mind that certain topics are usually taboo during recruitment (things like politics, money, and partying), so if your main goal is to find out if a certain sorority goes out every weekend, find a polite and courteous way to inquire about their social engagements. The sisters are not only super excited to tell you all about their chapter, but are also well equipped and trained to answer any question you might have, so don't be shy about asking the important questions!

5. TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS
Number 5 can somewhat be explained by the previous 4 points, but at the same time it's the most important thing to remember. When I was going through the recruitment process as a freshmen, I wasn't very in tune with my instincts and tried to outsmart the system (basically, I didn't follow my advice, which is why I'm older and wiser now). The chapter that I ended up joining was the only group that I talked to about my blog! I didn't even realize it until after the fact, but blogging was such an important and cool thing that I was doing and I was hiding it during recruitment for whatever reason. There are lots of other little hints and instinctual things I realized afterward that made me feel like my chapter was the right place to be, but I can't go into detail now since I am still disaffiliated... Boo. The moral of the story is that sometimes, you just know when a place is supposed to be home ;)

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Let me know if you would be interested in more sorority related content as the semester goes on, particularly for juniors and seniors looking to use their sorority experience to their advantage when applying to jobs and internships!