CT Blogger Meet-Up!

CT Blogger Meetup 1

L to R: Amber, Lydia, Megan, me, Courtney

Last month, I made plans to meet up with some fabulous Connecticut bloggers. At the time, I thought I was going to be in New Haven for the summer, but even after I found out that I would be moving to New York, I did not want to miss this blogger meet-up! It was such a pleasure to meet these ladies and they were all so fabulously dressed! Let’s meet them one by one, shall we?

Amber

Amber


 

Lydia

Lydia

 

Megan

Megan

Megan

 

Courtney

Courtney

Courtney

And you might perhaps recognize this last person…

Me! :)

Nnenna

H&M Dress, Target Wedges

Nnenna

Nnenna

Your eyes do not deceive you- in that last shot, I am holding my new toy, a Nikon D40 camera! I bought it second-hand off of Craig’s List for only $250 and this meet-up was the perfect opportunity to bring it out to play! So far, I am loving it, especially how much better the pictures are turning out. If I get my act together, I might even take a digital photography class this summer.

We had so much fun shooting each other in a couple of different locations on Yale’s campus! It was really weird being back at school and not seeing anybody I knew. Also, normally I am one of the people looking at all the tour groups snapping pictures frantically, but this time, we were the objects of people’s stares! As you guys know, I am too chicken to do outdoor shots by myself, but with these girls I wasn’t too nervous at all and I had a blast!

After taking pictures, we headed to Barcelona, a delicious tapas restaurant in New Haven. There, the waiter commented on how dressed up we were and asked what occasion we were celebrating. When we told him we were all meeting for the first time, he asked how we met and someone responded, “Online…” which sounds really funny without the context to back it up! :D We ended up explaining to him that we are fashion bloggers and we even took a picture with him that is supposed to be posted to the restaurant’s Facebook page. After dinner we had drinks at a bar called 116 Crown (guess where it’s located? That’s right, 116 Crown Street! ;D 116 Crown had really interesting drinks, such as the Grey Lady that Courtney ordered, which has egg foam in it, but totally doesn’t taste like it does! Late in the night, we parted ways and agreed that we must do it again soon! This was my first meet-up and I can’t emphasize this enough- find other bloggers in your area and meet them in person! I bet you’ll have a fantastic time! ;)

CT Bloggers

Don’t forget to check out the other ladies to see more pictures and details of what they wore!
(all pictures taken by either Amber, Lydia, Megan, Courtney, or myself)

On Nnenna’s Needles #19

My Felted Slippers

These slippers are perfect for keeping the toes warm on my new hardwood floor.  As you know from my last On Nnenna’s Needles post, I tend to have cold feet (literally, not figuratively! :) and these little slippers take care of that problem.  They were made using a technique called felting in which you knit the project larger than you intend it to be, then use water and agitation to shrink the stitches and create a dense type of fabric.  This pattern is really easy to follow and these would make a great gift for someone!

What’s Next

So here it finally is, the big news that I’ve been hinting at for the past couple of weeks:

You guys may remember me mentioning that I’ve been looking for and applying to jobs since January.  Then, a few days before graduation, I got a call from one of the companies that I interviewed with and they offered me a job!  Needless to say, I was (and still am!) extremely excited and called my parents right away to tell them the happy news :)

Right now, I’m still home in CA, but tomorrow I head to NY!  I have an apartment that I’m subletting for the summer and I have some time to settle in before I start work in a little over a week.  I do eventually have to find an apartment for the fall, so if you guys have any tips for apartment-hunting the city, I would love to hear them!

I’ve been to New York several times over the past four years, but I know living there will be a completely different experience!  I really am so interested to see how it will all turn out!

Tell me: Who’s a NYC blogger? As I start to explore the city, what are some must-see spots?

Time of My Life

The commencement celebrations were a weekend-long affair and the first thing I did was…
get my nails in order
Class Day was on Sunday, May 23rd and it is a tradition on this day to wear crazy/silly/funny hats to the event.  Every year, Class Day is organized by the Senior Class Council and it is a day to hang out with friends and less formally recognize the graduating students.
my roommates
a gaggle of girls
her grandmother made this for her- I mean, how awesome is this hat?!
twins
this is a hat modeled off our bell tower- the most detailed hat I saw!
This year, we were lucky enough to have Tom Hanks as our Class Day speaker.  One of the first things he told us was not to put away our phones, and to instead tweet about his speech or post it on Facebook!  Funny guy! :D
The official commencement ceremony was the next day.  First all of the schools at Yale (undergraduate and graduate) assembled together, then us undergraduates split off into our residential colleges to attend a more intimate graduation there.
my sister and I
my parents. don’t worry, my dad is not angry, he just rarely smiles in pictures!
my family- left to right: brother, mom, me, dad, brother, sister, godmother
waiting for my name to be called
diploma in hand, feeling good!
So now it’s been a couple of weeks since all this happened, but I have to say…it hasn’t really hit me yet.  I said my “see you later’s” and my goodbyes to both friends and acquaintances, but I haven’t really come to terms with the fact that this chapter of my life has officially ended.  There is still a part of me that thinks I am on a temporary break and will return to school soon.  I (as well as many other graduates, I’m sure) am wondering, “What’s next?”  How about I get back to you on that?  ;)