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Why Alpha Phi Omega!

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This past year has shown me a lot about life and the people that I want to surround myself with. I have done a lot of changing and distancing myself from people who I feel I have outgrown for whatever reason. I am not fearful or ashamed of my decisions as I know they are the best ones for me and for the positive life I would like to lead.

For those of you who don’t know what Alpha Phi Omega is, its a co-educational national service fraternity with chapters all across the country and even in other parts of the world. It is certainly an honor to be apart of. During this whole process over the past semester, so many people across the board asked me why I decided to join this organization. When asked that question I couldn’t ever formulate a brief sentence or two that could sum up the reasons why.

A lot of it has to do with the group of people that are apart of the organization on my college campus. Their energy is contagious. In fall 2015, I was curious and interested in finding out what this organization was about. I am already a part of greek life on my campus as well but I never really understood the difference between a sorority and a professional fraternity. They’re completely different councils but roughly outline the same goals. Anyway, I saw this great group of people, both boys and girls that seemed so normal and fun. What I mean by normal is genuine and nice people, not cliquey, and inclusive to everyone. That was a key factor to what initially drew me to this crew. At first, I was discouraged by the friends I kept in my life at the time. Learning now that they must have felt threatened by my decision to branch out and meet new people. And any friends who discourage you in my opinion are no real friends to begin with.

I am a little older to still be in college, I’m 23 going on 24 in just a few short months and I have definitely had a lot of growth happen throughout my time in college thus far. I like who I have become. I have become someone who respects everyone regardless of what ever circumstances have happened. I don’t consider myself one to hold grudges or hate in my heart against those who have wronged me and I have grown enough to know that its okay to outgrow some people. I treat my friends like family but am carful these days about who I spend my time with.

Alpha Phi Omega and the people I now call my new brothers are the people that I choose to spend my time with. I want to serve my community and create new experiences centered around doing service. But there is a saying that I have learned and to me it holds true: “you join for the service, you stay for the fellowship, and you gain leadership.” These three components make for a beautiful way to spend your time. For those who don’t know what fellowship is, its gathering with friends and bonding with one another.

In honor of thanksgiving yesterday, I am grateful for all my new brothers who I know care about me and will always have my best interests at heart. I can not wait to create new memories with them while giving back to those around us. I have finally found my new family at school. I couldn’t be happier

 

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I got my jacket from SomethingGreek, I will be sure to link the details down below! It is a great way to wear your organization with pride, plus its customizable too! Check out the company for other ways to wear your greek organization.

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Jacket

xx,

PrepsterAnge

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Election Day & More!

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Happy election day everyone!

Let me start off by saying how extremely important it is that you exercise your right to vote today. This election is certainly one for the books but even more of a reason than that is, how much this country has gone through in regards to the history of voting rights. It is an honor and privilege that has been fought for, for decades. As Americans, it is our duty to vote today! Not to mention, we are joining a part of history if we do. Go out there and use your voice, cast that ballot!!

Over the weekend I was craving a nice cup of coffee so I decided it was time for a trip to the city on Sunday. I have been hearing such wonderful things about Ralph’s Coffee on Fifth Ave, NYC and had to check it out for myself. Let me tell you, it did not disappoint.

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It was a little ambitious of Nick and I to make the trip to New York City the morning of the New York City Marathon but travel ended up being smooth as usual. Ralph’s is in the Ralph Lauren store located on 5th Ave and 56th Street. Its a nice, warm, and cozy section on the second floor of the store with a beautiful view that looks out on to the rest of 5th Ave. Just a few short blocks away from Central Park West, which happened to be where the Marathon was held. I had an amazing time watching all the runners with their family and friends walking around joyously/feeling accomplished after the event, I was also very surprised that they were still standing after all of that.

The weather has been so beautiful lately I cannot resist taking advantage of every second of time thats left before it gets super chilly out. To my surprise, Christmas decorations filled the street and stores on 5th Ave. Already, I thought? I know it seems so crazy that we have basically skipped Thanksgiving this year but it was beautiful energy to take in.

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I wore a potential Holiday outfit which I felt fit the occasion perfectly! I wore republican red (if you will lol), or just simply Christmas red with jeans, and a cream puffer vest from J. Crew. (If you couldn’t tell vests are my favorite item of this season.) I threw on a Burberry scarf for extra warmth as well. It was very windy out so the scarf helped keep my face warm. The day was certainly beautiful and very relaxing! I definitely recommend Ralph’s Coffee if you’re looking for a low-key, small, coffeeshop. A very peaceful place to spend some time during a break at work. Picked up this super cute cap while I was there as well!

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P.S. I had to throw in this gold tote, it was the perfect pop of sparkle/ a great accent to represent the holiday season!

Ralph’s Hat | Burberry Scarf  | Sweater | Puffer Vest | Riding Boots |Bag (Similar)

xx,

PrepsterAnge

November is Here!

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November is here and you know what that means!! Things start to slow down, shift and become centered around family-time… plus food! I am looking forward to being surrounded by my family once again towards the end of the month. All of my cousins are in college now so everyone is super busy living their own lives to get to hang out as much as we used to. There is something so relaxing about the month of November, its almost like the calm before the storm of Christmas.

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Things have been weird for me lately, I feel myself utterly thrown off and obsessed with people and things that judge and criticize others even though I know in my heart, they don’t matter. It just gets to a person sometimes I guess. The goal of the week is definitely to try to get to a place where I can just let it go.

If there is something that I have learned this far in life, its that not everyone is going to like you whether you have done something to them or not. You shouldn’t waste your energy trying to get along or make an effort with other people that do nothing but cloud your life and relationships with negative energy. There is nothing worse, in my opinion, than people who just decide to dislike you for no reason; but what I do believe is that it says way more about them than it does about you.

I am so thankful for all the new relationships with people that I have made within the past few months. And for the old ones that continuously keep me grounded. Its amazing how much surrounding yourself with the right people can change your life for the better. There is always going to be somebody that doesn’t like you but in time, those people begin to get smaller and smaller each day. Through it all, always remain true to yourself and keep doing the things you love. Just as there will always be someone there waiting for you to fail, there will always be someone ready to watch you succeed as well.

(I hope this little tid-bit of advice is able to help someone, somewhere.)

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Now, on to fashion!! This fall I have been having so much fun experimenting with my blog altogether. Its amazing how when you just play around with the settings on your camera, the quality of image that you can come up with. I wore another fun, basic, fall outfit featuring one of J.Crews latest puffer vests which I am in love with. The corduroy patching on the vest is something I have never seen before and I think it aligns perfectly with my style (plus its on sale right now). Vineyard Vines also has a similar one in their fall collection as well. I will be sure to link both below.

Another piece that I love about this outfit is my Kendra Scott necklace. I found that it was the cutest little touch that tied the entire outfit together. I have been obsessing over her jewelry lately. Its so adorable! I can not get enough!

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J.Crew Vest | Vineyard Vines Vest | Rayne Necklace | Jeans | Booties

xx,

PrepsterAnge

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