It’s that time of year !

I am so excited for the holidays this year! I have been listening to holiday music nonstop and reading holiday cookie recipes in my free time. Hopefully I will get around to making a few this year. Just sprinkle in some frantic holiday shopping and aggressive test taking and you’ve got winter break. My break doesn’t start for more than a week now, but I’m sure that those last few days will be heavy with work. Regardless my Christmas sweaters and I are ready to take on anything (just imagine how Santa feels)!

How about your holiday traditions? Every year my family decorates the tree together and watches holiday movies, the Hallmark Chanel has been on a constant loop at our house. Opening presents is followed by Christmas dinner with my grandparents. On the 24th we have a Yankee-swap and I swear every year I end up with a re-gifted candle at some point. I do my best to pawn it off on anyone willing to sacrifice. Fingers crossed for this year.

I have missed my extended family so dearly. And now that I think of it we haven’t all been together since the fourth of July. Yikes! So so thankful for times like these when family can really get together to connect. I am sure there will be a few unfortunate mishaps and funny stories to go around.

Unfortunately I have yet to decide on my outfits for dinner. Seriously let me know if you all have an suggestions for basic holiday wear! Oops! I’ve begun thinking of backups of what I have in the closet, but most of my go to’s were dinner outfits at one point and I’d hate to be an outfit repeater.

Here’s a little Snow playlist or you all. I know these aren’t very festive songs, but I’ve been listening and discovering a lot lately and I’m loving it. Not only are they not festive they’re not thematically similar, but there’s some serious good vibes regardless. Also you can check out my current must reads book list on Goodreads (actually I can’t link it so check out the image below). These all looking very capturing and I can’t wait to check them out soon. Unfortunately I have a stack of books on my desk that are begging to be read so I will have to prioritize a bit or just read really fast.


Right now I’m trying to piece together my 2017 recap which may arrive in the form of a video so hold on to your seats and get ready, were not done yet.



As one would probably expect I have prepared some thank you’s this year. I continue to be thankful for every opportunity I have been given in my life, including the ones I haven’t taken. I am thankful for all those close to me and the relationships I am still developing. I am thankful that I am able to discover the world around me and my role in it with continued support. I am thankful to everyone that has ever offered me a helping hand no matter how small of an act it was.

This year I spent Thanksgiving with my mothers side of the family as I always do. We always eat at my uncles house with their family but, this year we also ate with members of his wife’s family. Family gatherings are awkward enough without the invitation of newbies into the crowd. Unsurprisingly there was the usual “Wow, you used to be this tall” followed by a motion at around hip height. None of the family members that had remarked on how much I had grown sparked any kind of memory from me. Regardless I enjoyed the company.

This post is super short I know but, I just wanted to give you all a little something. Happy Thanksgiving everyone and thank you for sticky by me this year.

Remember me?

Huge crazy massive hello to everyone! I know I genuinely haven’t posted in months, but here I am revived and ready.  These past few months I have been swamped as I try to steady myself in junior year. Between being swamped with work and my high school’s musical I haven’t found much time to write out a new post.

This year I attended my first National Portfolio Day where I got to show a few of colleges my work. I had no idea what to expect, but I knew it would be fairly crowded. I had pre-registered online so that I could beat the crowds,which I would definitely recommend. When I arrived at the venue I was told to wait in the line along the windows because it still didn’t start for a few minutes. When I turned the corner to find the line along the windows that they described I found one the longest lines I had ever seen. Luckily it began moving quickly and we were let in to see all the schools. You were supposed to be able to spend about 10-15 minutes with each school and with 500+ people cycling through the wait was strenuous. I made a b-line for Pratt Institute because I knew that they would be able to give me well developed feedback. I also was able to talk to Lesley University for time about my photographs. What I gathered in the end was that my photographs were textbook. You see they are developed well and the lighting and everything was balanced well, but they are lacking personality. The most important part of photography is being able to speak through your photos and show yourself to people. Turns out although I am very aware of this concept I have been so worried about making them “good” that I forgot to make them mine. So as college applications start to close in I am practicing as best I can to keep on taking photos and send the message I want people to hear.

I have also started the first photography club at my high school. Not everyone has a camera but that’s alright because we share and end up having a lot of fun. Every meeting I try and make up a new “lesson plan” situation so that I can teach the members a few new aspects of photography. This week we worked on portraits and ended up turning of the lights to work on shadows. When I was younger someone once told me that the best way to learn something is from teaching and I have never believed that more than I do now.

This weekend is the last weekend of my high school’s fall musical; Pippin. Every year I think I could never be more proud of the show we have produced and every year I am blown away. Our drama program is something that amazes me endlessly. You wouldn’t believe that a group of 14-18 year old high school students produced this kind of quality content. Of course we owe everything to our supervisors who are in our theater 24 hours a day 7 days a week with no complaints and no fault in attitude. The degree of professionalism is top notch from our lighting and set design to our costumes to the fly crew and hard working cast members. If you search on YouTube for high school productions often you will find an array of cardboard cutout sets, but not us. Here is a link to our production of Mary Poppins a few years ago just to give you a taste of who we are. This year is my second show being the Microphone Chief. That means that I manage my small mic crew and put on everyone’s body mics and make sure all is well. I love my position because I get to meet the cast and a lot of the crew and see just how hard everyone works. I am off to get ready for tonight; wish me luck!

Thank you to all who have supported me and get ready for one heck of a year my friends!



Here’s a few weird pics of me from backstage; my new home.



“It’s the finale Pippin!”


Also did I mention I saw the love of my life Harry Styles? (I’m working on posting my videos of the concert on YouTube now)

July In A Coconut Shell

Once again I have been MIA for some time. Even after promising to post regularly I have failed, but really it’s going to happen this time. Lately I have been consumed by a cycle of working and sleeping, but I’m back now. So here’s a little peek into what my July has been like this year.

So far I have been working at my first part-time job which has been fairly enjoyable. I naturally never expected my first job to amazing or even welcoming, but I have loved getting to know my coworkers. Unfortunately I will only be able to stay on for a few more weeks because of my hectic schedule in the fall so it will be back to job hunting for me soon enough. Let me know what your first job experiences were like, did I get off easy?

When I was not working or catching up on lost sleep I was spending my mornings at a photography class. This class was from 9am-12pm at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. I took the commuter line in every morning and then hopped on the E train to the museum. It was my first real time commuting on the train and it was not at all anything to glorify. My first day on the subway resulted in me (I’m 5’2.5″) pressed against the wall of the train while standing on the second stair. But don’t worry because even though there was nothing to hold on to I was wedged in between enough legs that I wouldn’t be moving anyway. The next few days I started to learn how to use the subway to my advantage. Instead of racing to get on that first train that was jam packed with Bostonians I waited until the train that arrived only two minutes later. This was still a crowded ride that required a bit of a fight to get into a good spot. Thankfully I could breathe and even get a seat sometimes to wait out my eight stops. The class it self was great next step to help develop my skills and properly format my pictures. So for that I owe the Museum of Fine Arts a huge thank you.  Included are a few pictures that I took during the class, unfortunately I won’t have our class picture back for a while, but I’ll be sure to let you know when I have it.

Alright stay with me my loves I’ll have more pictures coming soon. Except not next Saturday, oops. I will be away without any internet for a few days taking pictures in the outdoors. So wish me luck. I’ll be back soon, stay out of trouble sunflowers.




Where have I been?

Wow, it feels like I haven’t posted in months, oh wait, I haven’t. Well today I am back. I just want to check in with everyone and also give you all a heads up to what is coming next.

So for me these last few months have been anything but easy. Through the weeks leading up to Christmas this past year I became unexpectedly very sick. Fortunately I recovered over a course of many weeks. Unfortunately this spring I became very sick once again. My sickness was not supposed to resurface let alone within a few short months. Thankfully I am now fully recovered. Because I was so sick I missed a lot of school, which meant and endless amount of makeup work. So, my schedule has been pretty full up until now. So I would like to start off the summer with this make up post about what I have been up to in my absence. I also here by pledge to begin a normal posting schedule going forward, I’m thinking Saturdays maybe.





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High School Semi Formal




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High School Drama Season



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Fishing Trips



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Happy Mothers Day



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Cape Cod



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Beach Week

Imagine a relaxing vacation along the shores of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. If you’re looking for a quiet stay then try and vacation during the week because that’s when it is most peaceful. The weekends tend to be a bit more lively. So now you know when to go, but what will you do on vacation? There’s plenty more to do than just sun bathing at one of the many beaches. A great way to unplug and unwind is by taking a nature walk. One of my favorites would have to be the Fort Hill Trail. Simply pick up a pamphlet and begin your self-guided tour. This trail is full of history and includes a beautiful view of Nauset Marsh.In the pamphlet you will discover a brief history of the area. It states that, “Before this was New England, it was New France. Sieur de Monts, Govenor of New France, possessed a grant for fur trading, but his attempt to settle at St.Croix (New Brunswick) proved disastrous.” Other fun walks include the two mile Brewster Town walk, the National Seashore, and Nauset Beach. If you aren’t the most outdoorsy person there is still plenty to do. You may find yourself at one of the many beaches. A great beach is the Pleasant Road beach. That’s where I made good use of my Target bathing suits. You can find both online here. After a day at the beach you might find yourself at Captain Parker’s Pub. This pub and restaurant is family friendly and features a National and regionally award winning clam chowder. Still not your speed? You can try your hand at mini golf at Pirates Cove Miniature Golf. Pirates Cove features two fun courses you can choose from. Regardless of where you stay or what you do there will always be something to fun to try.


Ithaca , New York

“Welcome to New York it’s been waiting for you,” There was no better way to fulfill an itch for something new by visiting Ithaca, New York. It may be 340 miles away from home base, but it was worth it. There is no place more beautiful than here. Rolling hills, sprawling green forests and adorable paint chipped farms. The weather was awfully kind to me this time, allowing me to enjoy every last beautiful view. The Ithaca College campus was no exception complete with clean buildings and pleasant staff. While in town I discovered the well acclaimed Ithaca Ale house. The ‘Perfect Burger’ was huge, but did not disappoint. And while I am on the quest for the best French fries, those of the Ithaca Ale House will have to be heavily considered. I then enjoyed a warm breakfast in bed the next morning.  I unfortunately was not able to see the Buttermilk Falls, but have heard that they are beautiful and would definitely recommend. Big thanks to everyone that participated in this trip it was truly worthwhile. Even though I didn’t get to take nearly enough pictures on this trip. Can’t wait to see where the wind takes me next.

-Sarah xo

How to Pack for your Trip to Walt Disney World

disney packing

Check out my Pinterest board on my trip ideas here

As an experienced Walt Disney World goer myself and with another trip recently under my belt I thought I’d let you in on some secrets. One of important things to do is make sure you plan your schedule and meals ahead of time. This means knowing what parks to go to on what days and making meal reservations months in advance. If you don’t you run the risk of missing your favorite rides or paying too much for a meal. The second most important thing to remember is having a good pair of comfortable shoes. If you plan on spending a lot of time in the various parks then you’ll thank me. The parks are big with little transportation so being comfortable enough to walk all day is a must. Pick something comfortable yet breathable (in case it rains). While I was there I wore a pair of Nike trainers and on the day it rained a pair of old Converse. Turns out even Disney can’t stop the rain, especially in the summer. But, don’t let that get you down your trip will still be fun. Raincoats are always a good idea, but are a pain to carry around. So instead I brought with me a disposable poncho that comes packaged making it easy to throw in your day pack. Speaking of day packs, do you have one? If not you need one. Pick something small because that will get you through security faster. I wanted to have my hands free so I brought a Minnie Mouse fanny pack I discovered. Childish I know, but it carried what I needed it to. Another tip is to remember that Florida is hot. Obviously. No really remember to drink lots of water the whole day wear something lite. Even though the thermometer may read 90 it’s going to feel like 110. And please don’t forget to wear sunblock whether you think you never burn or not. Most importantly don’t forget to have fun. I mean how could you not?


Start planning your adventure now!

Pimple Free? 

So the truth is out, the trick of applying a bandaid with honey over night to reduce pimples is busted. Once the honey and bandaid solution was removed the pimples seemed to have shrunken, but only to return to their original state. Turns out it doesn’t work, too bad.