Life Update (Swimming, Shopping, and Lots of Stress)

Hello lovelies! From the survey I ran at the beginning of January, I found that a lot of you actually wanted to read more personal things on the blog. It’s been a hot minute since my last blog post, so I wanted to sit down and write a chit-chat style blog post to fill you in on where I’ve been. 

I don’t talk about swimming often on my blog, but if I’m going to start sharing more personal things on here, then this is the place to start. Basically since I was eight years old, I’ve been swimming year round with the same girls on my high school team. We’ve been working SO hard this season and have devoted a lot of time to bettering ourselves. One of our big goals this season was to win our conference meet which was yesterday. We’re a team of ten girls, with two seniors, a junior, a sophomore, and six freshmen, so it kinda sounds like a long shot. Regardless of our size, we are an incredibly strong, close-knit team and we ended up getting first. Swimming isn’t an official sport in our conference, but it didn’t lessen our excitement since it was the first time in school history that the team took first!

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After the meet, my school decided to congratulate us at the basketball game that night. I don’t usually go to basketball games, but I figured I’d go all out and even dress for the theme.

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Oh, and my flash drive decided to break a few days before an important assignment was due this. Not only did this flash drive contain all my college and high school work, but it had my blog pictures on it too. Luckily I did have an earlier version of the important assignment saved to my Google drive. I ended up going back through and redoing the final edits, so it turned out better in the end anyway! Lesson learned, from now on I’m saving files in two places after I edit them.

To clear my mind from the week’s stress, I went to Target and Starbucks with my mom. I ended up getting three different things, so I thought I’d throw them in this post. The first was this gingham swim suit with cute little bows on the top and bottoms.

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Gingham Top & Bottom

I got this navy blue pinstripe suit as well. I have never had a swim top this style, but I think it’s my new favorite!

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Navy Top & Bottom

I’m obviously excited for warmer weather, so I ended up getting these gingham flats as well. It’s supposed to get cold here in Ohio again, but I’m hoping it will at least be warm enough to wear these flats!

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One last thing I wanted to mention in this post isn’t about me, but I thought I’d throw it in anyway. Casey graduated from Air Traffic Control tech school this past week! It’s been a LONG four months of stress for him, and considering his class had a 60% wash out rate, I’d say this was a huge accomplishment. Yay, Casey!

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So hooray for a crazy week that ended with big accomplishments and a little bit of fun shopping! Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest to see more of The Chic Flamingo!

 

The Day Trip Diaries: Exploring the Fashion Museum & Airport in Kent, OH

Even though I mainly want to blog about fashion, I figured that I’d document any adventures I go on this summer in a new series I’m going to call “The Day Trip Diaries.” I have a few planned because my boyfriend, Casey, leaves soon for airforce basic training. It’s saddening to say the least, but we both know that the time apart will only do good for our relationship!

My first day trip happens to be at one of my DREAM colleges right here in Ohio, Kent State University. I visited back in November on my birthday with my parents for a tour of the campus. Instantly, I fell in love with the college and area. They have the THIRD best Fashion Merchandising program in the U.S.A. and they have a fashion museum, which is right up my alley!

Our trip started out on a Friday at 6 am with a three and a half hour drive. We had the whole day ahead of us to eat good food, admire beautiful designs made as far back as the 1700s, and walk around downtown of Kent, OH.

About an hour into our drive he missed his turn and insisted that we were not going to use our phones for directions today. I figured there was no sense in arguing and five minutes later we were back where we needed to be.

We stopped at a Denny’s and Starbucks on the way. It didn’t take long until Casey asked me to pull maps up on my phone and find our exit. About that time he gave up trying to only use a map from his car manual.


After I got my iced coffee, I was wide awake and ready to take on the day! We got back on the road to finish our long drive.

We finally made it after about a half hour of trying to find parking. Our first stop was the fashion museum, and it did not disappoint.


I didn’t take pictures inside because that would violate the rules and I was too distracted by the beautiful designs regardless. My very favorite exhibit was the 80’s exhibit and it featured a LOT of Oscar de la Renta. I absolutely adore his designs, so it was super exciting to me. I also got to talk to students studying fashion at KSU and learn more about it.

Next, we explored downtown and it was so gorgeous. There were many dainty shops and restaurants. It was super fun to do a little shopping and smell the good food from the restaraunts inside.

Pictured above is me walking up stairs to get to Acorn Alley. Being up there makes you feel like you’re on top of downtown!

After, we headed out to Kent State University’s airport to watch planes takeoff and land. One of Casey’s biggest goals is to become a pilot, and he jokes all the time that one day he’ll fly himself into this airport and visit me!


We stopped at Five Guys for a good, juicy burger. I’ve been trying to eat healthier but I had to make an exception that day for Five Guys. They were delicious to say the least, and we were stuffed after.

On our way out we spotted an outlet mall and decided to shop around. There wasn’t much there except for a few stores and a train that circled the mall. We were really too tired to shop so we decided to get back on the road.


We finally headed home after an amazing day in the cutest little town. Hopefully I get to call this college home in the near future. The campus is beautiful and the fashion program is AMAZING. When all you ever see is cornfields day after day, it’s nice to have a change of scenery.

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