Wednesday, June 19, 2013


Now the story of a dance team who started from the bottom,
And the one senior who had no choice but to kick butt at nationals,

...Clearly I've been watching too much "Arrested Development."  When I first started competing in dance, winning first place was a common thing.  My studio team competed in a gym floor style competition (not the crazy Dance Mom's super intense type, that was reserved for the older girls) and we never, ever had another team in our division.  At every competition we went to, we were bringing home the bacon.  Our only competition was ourselves.

Until the final competition...and we took second.  Looking back, we probably would have been first if I hadn't forgotten the dance and started walking to my next formation at the wrong time.  How does that even happen?!

Anyway, once I got to college and started competing with dance team I realized that we would not be winning first place.  In fact, we probably weren't going to place at all.  Our division was filled with extremely talented teams, teams that had been around for decades when ours was just beginning.

Each year, we made it our goal to make it to finals and each year we just fell short.

Until this year.

We.  Did.  It.

And not only did we make it to finals, we placed ninth.  We compete in Division I Open at NDA Nationals.  Basically what that means is we get to compete with whatever style of dance we choose.  The regular "team dance" division requires teams to perform 30 seconds each of jazz, pom, and hiphop.   This year's dance was a high energy jazz to Paramore's "Misery Business."

9th out of 21 teams overall, 9th out of 12 finalists.  And we're beyond thrilled.

Interested?  Read more here and here.

Monday, June 17, 2013

brunch at crios.

How can you not love brunch?  It's the one meal where it's socially acceptable to get day drunk.

And furthermore, how can you not love a restaurant that has neon footprints on the floor?  So cool, right?!

Well, if you're in DC (and I really, really wish I still were) you should check out Crios.  Crios is the eclectic, brightly colored little sister of Scion, a staple in the Dupont Circle brunch scene.  Both Crios and Scion feature a "liquid brunch" menu that features all kinds of bottomless (yes, bottomless) beverages.

My friends and I had originally tried to go to Scion, but it was crowded and the nice receptionist suggested we go to Crios, as they have the same drink menu and there was no wait.  We were all starving, so we jumped on the opportunity.  She also said they had nutella pancakes and we were sold.

We headed on down the street a little and shortly after, we were seated in the brightly colored restaurant.  We immediately ordered bottomless drinks and anxiously awaited their arrival at our table.

All bottomless beverages were $13, which is absolutely perfect considering a single drink will cost you $6-7 in DC.  You could choose between mimosas, poinsettias (cranberry juice and champagne), beermosas, bloody marys, etc.  Everyone at the table opted for the classic mimosa, but I went for the poinsettia.

And it was perfect and delicious.  As much as I love my bottomless drinks, the real star of this brunch was my main course.

Crios has a really awesome "make your own scramble."  I opted for chorizo sausage, cheddar cheese, mushrooms, onion, and corn.  You even get to select your own side.  I chose the breakfast potatoes, which were also pretty good.  As an egg yolk hater, I was happy that I could order this egg white only for a little extra.  Honestly, this was packed with so much flavor you can't even really taste the egg, so I probably would have been fine with the whole thing.  The thought of consuming egg yolk is making me squirm in my seat, though.  I really do hate them.

Overall, this place was fantastic.  They kept the bottomless pitchers coming as soon as we drained one and unlike most bottomless places, they were just as strong as the first.  Awesome.

Friday, June 7, 2013

lilly warehouse sale.

lilly tweeted at me the morning of the sale!

It's that time again...every preppy blogger under the sun is talking about the Lilly Warehouse Sale!

The sale is held in Oakes, Pa., which is a little outside Philly and even closer to the King of Prussia Mall, the place where dreams come true and bank accounts go to die.  Lucky for me, I live up in good old Allentown which is a mere 45 minutes away.

Yet...I have never been to a warehouse sale!  This past December I was still in DC, raging because I had just finished the LSAT for the second time and this past spring, I was in DC interning my little heart out.

After all these years, we had lived so close to the sale and we had never gone.  It seems almost criminal.  So, this year mom and I climbed into my little Corolla and drove on down to the sale.

We're not the biggest discount shoppers.  In fact, my mom avoids Black Friday like the plague, but the promise of up to 70% off one of our favorite brands was too good to be true.

We went on the first day of the sale and we knew it would be pretty crowded, but we were not ready for what was waiting.

We ended up parking pretty far away and walked up to "Hall C," where the sale was located and this is what was waiting for us:

A horrifyingly long pink and green line that wrapped all the way around the building!

My mom and I walked all the way around to the end and got in line.  My mom wasn't too pleased about  the line, but we decided to wait it out a little.  A lady came outside and said they waited 2.5 hours to get into the sale.  My mom was not happy about this, but we decided to wait until we got inside and then make a call.

Standing in the line was the ultimate test of what is more valuable:  time or money.  We could stand in line for around 3 hours and all that time would be gone, but we would save money or we could save all the time and go over to KOP and go to the Lilly store there.  There's no right or wrong answer, it's all a personal decision.  Like my dad says, "You can always make more money, but you can't make more time."

We, however, decided to skip his philosophical advice and decided to wait in the line.  Sorry, dad.

Forty five minutes later, we were finally inside and we were pumped to start shopping, but then we saw this...


Mom and I walked in and just laughed.  We were joking that this line was even worse and more deceiving than Universal Studios Island of Adventure's Dudley Do Right Ripsaw Falls.  If you've ever waited in that line, you think you're about to get to the ride but you never do.  You just keep walking and walking and walking.  It's nuts.  And that's exactly how we felt yesterday.

We ended up waiting about an hour and a half (give or take) inside.  We occupied ourselves by pointing out all the various Lilly people were wearing and counting the number of Jack Rogers we saw.  We even ran into someone we knew in line!  Hi Lauren!

And because I'm in the market for a new, four wheel drive car, I begged my dad for this:

He said I could get a Jeep, but probably not the Lilly body.  Thanks, but no thanks.

And then we finally got inside.  As soon as we were handed our pink tote bags, mom and I separated and ran towards the dresses in our respective sizes.

And then we both cried when we saw dresses we had paid full price for on the rack.

We eventually met up and went to the dressing room together, where we were shocked we didn't have to wait in line at all.  Lucky us!

As we started pulling articles of clothing out of our bag, we laughed because we had both grabbed the same dress.  Neither of us ended up getting the Freja in Fiesta Pink Everything Nice because it didn't fit either of us quite right, but that's okay because we did end up with a lot more!

I think I tried on about ten dresses before finally settling on the three I purchased.  It's funny because two of the dresses I ended up getting were not in my bag originally and I happened to find them on the return rack in the dressing room!  I guess it was meant to be.

I got the Macauley!  I have a thing for detailed and open backs, so as soon as I saw this back I was sold!  The Macauley is originally $198, but I got it for $99.

I found the Pearl dress hanging on the return rack in the dressing room and I was so glad it was my size!  This dress is originally $348, but I got it for $119!

But the real steal of the day was this dress...
I had heard the best deals were for the samples.  I had wandered back to the sample section to see what was left, as I had read Lilly makes samples in my size.  There wasn't a whole lot left, just some shirts mainly, and shoppers were picking at them like vultures.  However, I spotted this beautiful, yellow number that I had never seen before on the rack in the dressing room and it just happened to be my size.

My mom checked the price tag while I had it on and much to our surprise, it was only $40!  It was a sample!  I was so excited, I knew we had to buy it.  After some post warehouse sale investigation, I have determined it is either very rare or one of a kind, as this dress (the Posey) in this fabric was never made for sale on the Lilly website. 

And that's it for my dresses!

Here's what mom got...

The Delia $79, originally $168

Drew Top $29, originally $74 (I actually own this, too);  Elsa Top $69 , originally $158; Tate Skirt $49, originally $118.

And there ya have it!  Mostly everything at the sale was from the spring collection but we did find some stuff from the resort collection, like my mom's dress.  We were so excited because it'll be the perfect thing to wear at the Polynesian when we go to Disney next month!

Overall, we were pleased.  My only complaints are that there were no Callahans in either of our sizes and that the accessories were mainly sorority prints.  I'm also a little disappointed that the only thing I could find in "Just Add Mint" was the Lacina dress, which I already own in Nibbles.  Oh well.  I guess it wasn't meant to be.

Speaking of Nibbles...I couldn't resist and bought the men's bowtie in Nibbles for my future boyfriend so we can match.  Until then, I guess my dog will get to wear it.

Sunday, June 2, 2013


Shall we start with the elephant in the room?

I'm now a college graduate.


Seriously.  How did this happen?  It feels like just yesterday I was at orientation (and hating it...).  And now I'm crying because I've left DC for good.

It just sucks 'cause I have to leave so many amazing people behind, like my GG Savanna, who came to graduation!

Four years ago at orientation, each group painted a small poster.  These posters were on display the week leading up to graduation.  I found mine!  I will never forget sitting under a tree on the quad with my group frantically texting my friend from high school about how much I disliked orientation and how I was afraid I made a HUGE mistake not going to Boston University.  Interestingly, she was having the same experience at Fordham.

Today, I look back on that day and I think about how silly I was.  Being at AU turned out to be one of the best decisions I could have ever made.  I was blessed with having the best of both worlds:  a college with a campus and a city at my fingertips.  When you're on campus at American, you forget you're in the nation's capital.  And then the second you step off, you are reminded that you are in a city rich with history and filled with endless opportunity for both work and play.

And although I have said goodbye to my weekend jogs around the monuments and pint sized gin and tonics at the Mighty Pint, adventure is out there... the form of law school.

But until then...I have the best graduation present ever...


And to my fellow members of the class of 2013, we did it!  Now go take a celebratory shot.

Preferably of Patron...

And when you're missing your college home, just remember that your memories will always be there.  Someday you will return and your school will be there waiting to greet you with open arms.

Just as it did four years ago when you started your adventure.

Once an eagle, always an eagle.

Dress:  Lilly Pulitzer
Shoes:  DSW (similar)
Hair:  DryBar
BabyMase's Tie:  Vineyard Vines

Saturday, June 1, 2013


A year ago I moved to DC for the summer and  for the rest of my time at American University.  Today marks the first day of the rest of my post-grad life.  Yup, I left DC and I'm back home in Pennsylvania until the end of the summer before I head off to law school.

I don't know what is more depressing:  leaving DC, the city I now call home, or realizing that my AU student ID expired yesterday and I can no longer use the J.Crew student discount.

Ugh, I just don't wanna talk about it.

There is good news, though.  I may be #StuckInTheSuburbs all summer, but I can FINALLY start blogging again.  (Thank goodness.)

Join me as I attempt to occupy myself in a town without a metro and void of a Lilly Pulitzer store.  It's gonna be interesting.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

um, what?

this is how i've felt cred to a tumblr somewhere out there on the web...

Somehow about a month has passed since I last posted anything and silly me, I thought life was going to be calm(er) during and after spring break.


My first day of spring break consisted of me falling asleep at 7 p.m. and then sleeping for fourteen hours.  Yes, fourteen hours.  I guess I really needed the sleep.

And I could really use some now, too.  The past two weeks have been crunch time for both dance team and school work.  I think I spent every night until now in the library until 2 a.m.

But it all pays off THIS WEEK:  Hello, NDA Nationals and Daytona Beach!

AU Dance and Cheer with GW First Ladies!  Thanks for the pic, AU Blue Crew!

I'll be live tweeting at @abberzx3 and I'll try my hardest to post some updates on here too!  Maybe I'll actually blog soon?!?!

here's a preview of what i'm packing :)

I sure hope so...I have lots of recipes and things to share!
Until then, enjoy a martini for me :)

can you guess which one is mine?!

Monday, March 4, 2013

struggle bus.

If you're struggling as much as I am right now, just remember this.


Keep pushing through and things will get better soon.

Friday's only five classes, three papers, two practices, one away basketball game, and one home game away.

PS.  You should read this BuzzFeed story when you get the chance.  Simply wonderful.

PPS.  GO EAGLES, beat Army!  And Bucknell!