Monday, February 25, 2013

BHS Voices Do The Harlem Shake

Just thought you all might enjoy this short video of some of us Voices doing the Harlem Shake.


Sunday, February 24, 2013

Cappex: College Search Made Simple

I don't know about anyone else, but as far as I'm concerned, scholarships would be a BIG help going to college. I wish I had known at the beginning of my sophomore year what I know now: the earlier you start looking at scholarships, the better. There are some scholarships that you can apply for as early as 9th grade, even middle school! I didn't get started looking for scholarships until near the end of my junior year, and I wish that I had started earlier.

The search for scholarships can be pretty difficult. There are plenty out there that you can qualify for, some that have specific requirements that not a lot of people can meet, but you do. It works in the reverse too, though, which can really complicate searches. I remember thinking to myself, "There has to be a better way." So I browsed around the internet, asking people what they thought the best scholarship search engine was, and most people recommended

Cappex is a website that not only helps you find scholarships, but also helps you find and compare colleges. It is really easy to sign up, but you definitely want to take a good 20 minutes to fill in all of your information. Cappex finds scholarships for you based on not only your academics and extracurricular activities/clubs, but also on your hobbies, medical conditions (familial and personal), and even on the occupations in your family. Fill out your profile with as much information as possible. You can always update it later (I update mine once a month,) but you want to start out with as much as possible.

Once you are signed up, you can explore the site. They match colleges to you, and you can connect with these colleges. Each college has its own profile page with a TON of information in it, including student reviews, admissions information, videos, photos, and more! Once you have found a few that you like, Cappex has a feature that allows you to compare them side-by-side. 
On the scholarship portion, you can organize your scholarship matches by many factors, such as deadline, competition, and the amount of effort needed.

I have been very happy with Cappex. I don't really need any other website to help me with scholarship searches. It's easy to use and chock-full of useful information. I will continue to use Cappex all the way through college (yep, there are scholarships for college students, also!)

Friday, February 22, 2013

Puppy Love

Today was too rainy and gloomy to really do much of anything. I got an 82 on my AP English Essay Test on Mrs. Dalloway, which is MUCH better than I had hoped, and I can rewrite to get 10 extra points. 

I wanted to share some photos I took of my dog yesterday because we just got him groomed and he looks so pretty and feels so soft and fluffy.


Thursday, February 21, 2013

18 Before 19!

I've been thinking a lot about bucket lists and New Year's Resolutions and how difficult it is to get people to stick to them (myself included.) After perusing through one of my favorite blogs, I came across this idea. The concept is to set goals to reach before your birthday, one goal for each year that you have lived. I have decided to set my own list up.

  1. Read 400 Books. I'm a very fast reader, and I've already gotten a jump start on this one.
  2. Refashion some clothes. I need to give my sewing machine something to do!
  3. Dye my hair RED. Will happen as soon after my Choir performance as possible.
  4. Learn to crochet
  5. Complete my Wreck This Journal. (photos will be included)
  6. Learn to make macaroons
  7. Shoot a photo shoot to start my photography business going
  8. Make artwork for my room
  9. Win a Photography Contest
  10. Have my photography published in a magazine/newspaper with credit
  11. Have my photo taken professionally.
  12. Organize my life. God knows my room needs it.
  13. Reach VIP Level with BeautiControl 
  14. Plan and cook a Full 5-Course Meal
  15. Graduate in the top 25% in my class
  16. Take a photography class/workshop
  17. Reach 100 Followers on my blog
  18. Get my driver's license
All of these goals are definitely attainable if I keep my mind focused. I'm excited to work on all of these goals this year, and to keep striving for excellence in my life!


Life Lately: This New Year Holds So Many Possibilities

Life in the New Year really has started out pretty spectacular. School is picking up just quick enough to keep it challenging, but not enough to completely demolish my grades. I have a lot on my mind all the time, and hardly any of it is negative. The year has been relatively drama-free so far (hooray for stress-free personal lives!) and honestly, I've just been in such a great mood that I feel like I'm on Cloud 9.

The photo above was taken from my phone this past Saturday. If you think my hair looks different, it is; I had just gotten it cut earlier that day. Because Valentine's day fell on a Thursday this year, I had school the next day, and Joe had to work. So we celebrated Valentine's (and the anniversary of our first date) on Saturday instead. We went downtown for a while and perused through most of the shops, some of which we hadn't ever been in before. Joe got a really good deal on a vintage painting of a knight with his horse and is making payments on it for now. We stopped in for some frozen yogurt at YoYo's (we got a cheesecake flavored froyo to split this time) and then we headed over to one of the best local restaurants for sushi, House of Tokyo. When we finished gorging ourselves with fried dumplings and sushi, we rolled out way out the door and headed to the movies to see Warm Bodies, which was surprisingly good.

These boots. Are they not the most beautiful things you've ever seen?
I got a GREAT deal on them at Modcloth; these boots retail for $68.99, but they were on sale IN MY SIZE for $20.99.
I can't even tell you all how beyond ecstatic I was. Especially because of this...

One of my FAVORITE bloggers, and biggest inspirations, Elizabeth from Delightfully Tacky, owns and wore these boots. That made this deal irresistible. I love how Elizabeth styled them, and I look forward to coming up with my own styling ideas to share with you all!

This month I signed up with BeautiControl, an at-home spa and beauty products company. It's going to be a great way to make money and get connected with people. I already use and absolutely LOVE the products. My mom and I had a booth set up at a local vendor blender, demoing the Instant Manicure Dead Sea Salt Scrub and Extreme Repair  Hand Creme. Everyone loved the products, and some were interested in hosting spas with us! you can even earn the title to a Mercedes! All while earning at least 50% profit! Sweet deal for everyone!!

The company has great perks with it; there are rewards with each person you recruit each month, and cruises and vacations, and 

The earrings in the photo above were handmade my a jeweler in the booth next to us at the Vendor Blender. They cost $25, and I absolutely LOVE them! I plan on buying more from her in the future. All of the vendors who were there were very nice, and all took a genuine interest in the products we had. Some even purchased from us right there!

What I'm Listening To: The Les Misérables soundtrack. Getting revved up for the Choir's Spring Show!!
What I'm Watching: Doctor Who Season 3. Don't judge me.
What I'm Reading: Life of Pi by Yann Martel. Gotta read the book before I see the movie.


Saturday, February 9, 2013

Out and About: Beaufort Car Show at Sonic

Throughout the year, the car club in my town holds car shows at different locations. My mom and I took my brother to the one on Lady's Island at Sonic. Here are some snaps from the car show.

The car club hosts a HUGE car show in Port Royal later on in the year, and we will probably make a day of it. I will post photos from that one too, and hopefully incorporate more text. I'm still trying to get the hang of properly creating a good text-to-photo ratio in my posts. 


Voices in DC

The view from our hotel in Baltimore, the Hyatt Regency!
 I'm finally getting around to posting about the choir trip to D.C.! This post is very picture heave, so I'll put in small explanations as captions.

We got to tour Arlington National Cemetery, a very humbling exerience.

We visited the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unkown Soldier.

Our tour guide told us all about Audie Murphy. Look him up if you get a chance. It's really remarkable.

John F. Kennedy's memorial and eternal flame.

Our guide was hilarious!

Heel kicks with our accompanist!

Lincoln Memorial

Group Shot of the 49 choir members and our director and accompanist!

Washington Memorial

Vietnam Memorial

James E. Melvin Jr. was from my hometown, Beaufort, SC.
Washington Roll from the Roosevelt Center Food Court.

Awards Banquet Entree.

Awards Banquet Dessert

Kermit!! At the American History Smithsonian!

The Ruby Slippers

The original Elphaba costume from WICKED!

Jackie O had impeccable style!

Michelle Obama's dress

Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

A Photo of our competition! 

The Capitol!

My awards banquet dress!

That's right, the Beaufort High School Voices won First Place AND Most Outstanding Choir!!! NATIONAL COMPETITION! Aaaah!!
We were all so excited and screaming, and after the awards were given out, we danced the night away.

While we were there, we also had the opportunity to go see the Inauguration, which was wonderful. Unfortunately I was told that my camera would not be allowed in the area (which was a lie) so I didn't bring it. But nonetheless, it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience! I was so happy to share this trip and have it as my senior year trip.