Thursday, August 28, 2014

{In the Mix}


So, of course, I made this playlist ahead of time before "Shake It Off" and "Mamacita" came out! Suffice to say, both will be making appearances on the September playlist! (I also meant to post this two weeks ago, whoops!) As the end of summer comes (or has already come for some of my friends), here's some last minute, fun, dance-along-in-the-kitchen songs to go out with a bang. This playlist was made with another illustration from Inslee.

Side note: Do any of you like to blast some fun music and dance around while you're cooking or cleaning up? I love it, but obviously not everyone does, including my family and pretty much everyone I've ever lived with. I suppose it's one of those things I look forward to when living by myself in Jeolla. 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

{Social} 6. Go to an Amusement Park


Last week my little treated my G-little and me to Six Flags in New Jersey for our birthdays (mine was the 17th, my G's the 19th!). I haven't seen either of them since the beginning of summer/graduation, so it was an absolute BLAST. Also, the last time I went to an amusement park was two years ago when I visited friends in California! 

Six Flags is like a double edged sward. It's got the best rides in terms of Roller Coasters, but it will always, without fail, have obscene lines. Prepare to wait at least 45 minutes per ride if not more. It worked out for us because we got to catch up and waiting didn't seem nearly so long, but it does stink because you only can go on so many rides in a day! Also, it seems SF has some issues with cutters, and my little, in all her 5'2" glory, likes to call them out. Tall men who could probably beat us up or kids who literally turn and apologize to us, it doesn't matter. It made for some pretty funny moments. 

Anyhow, we, of course, went on the new ride,Zumanjaro. It was awesome but a little short as was Kingda Ka. I really enjoyed Superman just for the concept and it lasted a bit longer! We also treated ourselves to Dippin Dots, and we ended the day with one of the ski line rides to take in the park at night.

Gah! I can't wait to go to another amusement park. I had forgotten how much fun they were!

xoxo,

Samantha Elisabeth

Friday, August 22, 2014

{Style Files} For Fall

For Fall 2014


Fall is by far my favorite season! As you can see here, where I managed to repeat myself with the first sentence. I swear it wasn't on purpose! I don't mind it getting cooler and crisper. I love seeing the leaves change and the emergence of pumpkin everything. However, I do hate that fall turns into winter, but that's for another post. Last year I mentioned already having a lot of greens and browns in my wardrobe, but I find that this year the colors are a little different (and also, a lot of what I had 2 years ago or even a year ago no longer exist!). I was all about the royal blue and gray for Fall 2013, but this year I'm goin' back to the basics. I love cognac and leopard and olive green. To put a fresher twist on it, I love mixing them together. So here's on my Fall 2014 List:

  • An Oversized Leopard Clutch- I'm on the hunt for an affordable one. I'm obsessed with finding it. I think the Clare V clutch is absolutely perfect. It's just a little out of my price range. I just love that I can imagine grabbing coffee with this thing in tow, bundled under cableknits and cargo jackets, but that I can also picture pairing it with a pair of killer heels and an LBD for a night out.
  • Cognac Booties- I'm obsessed with peep toe booties! I like the thicker heel (I'm not a heel girl, really) for comfort and how casual these shoes can be. They look great with a safari style dress and a pair of skinny pants. They'll also go all year as they'll look just as good with spring and summer clothes!
  • Cargo Jackets- The jacket style, vest style, olive green or khaki... I'm so obsessed with these. They just make an outfit so much more interesting. Definitely more casual--for the weekend trips or shopping days. Pair 'em over a sweater with a pair of dark wash jeans, flats or boots, and your favorite crossbody, and you're good to go.
  • Bags with Meaning- After working retail for 4 years, I've built up a healthy handbag collection. After getting back into blog reading more, I've discovered so many companies that make their bags with some sort of meaning, and I think it makes them so much more special. Like the Palette back feature above. It's from Angela & Roi (I don't know why the Polyvore link is saying Bluefy and Fendi....), and its purchase helps support Kidney Disease fighters. A&R's whole business model is based on donating a portion of their sales to different causes based on the color of the bag you buy. I just love that! 
  • Leopard Loafers- These are kind of classic for me now. I've had a pair in some variance for the past three years. They're basically perfect!
What's on your fall list?

xoxo,

Samantha Elisabeth

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

{Traveling Teacher} On Getting There



Oh my goodness, getting to the point of teaching abroad is a journey all its own. From the paperwork to the classes to the phone calls and interviews to the applications, it's a daunting enough task to turn even the most adventurous away. I started my process about mid-spring and have just received my official contract in the mail last week. Let me tell you, if not having patience is one of your traits, you might want to rethink things.

Anyhow, I'm starting this series on my blog to help document my time spent in South Korea! I don't want to completely turn this space into a TEFL Teacher blog (because there's a trillion that are more detailed and much funnier than I could ever be), but I do think I've learned a few helpful things along the way so far and anticipate learning much more in the future. To be perfectly honest, I'm going into this year wanting to float in life a bit. I've planned my academic career down to the T for the past 21 years of my life, and I want a chance to just...explore. I don't know what I plan on doing after the year is up or where I want to be, but I'm open to anything. I just want to keep learning and keep exploring and keep discovering. I'm not ruling out living in Korea long term, but I'm not ruling out teaching in other places or entering a permanent career track either. Just know, even while I'm in my "floating" time, I'm still paying off things like bills and student loans, so I'm not totally lost in life!

For the first part of this series, I thought I'd layout what I have done to reach this exact point-- a contract in hand, a visa trip on the way, and an official start date of October 15th:

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

{In the Mix} She's BACK


I'm just gonna shake, shake, shake.
Shake it off. Shake it off.

I just freaking love her.

xoxo,

Samantha Elisabeth