Thanksgiving Outfit Inspiration

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Hello friends and happy Thanksgiving eve! I hope everyone is prepping there stomachs for the big dinner that awaits us. I cannot wait to see some of my family and just spend time with them after it’s been so long. I love being home and being able to see people I’ve missed.

Speaking of people I missed, I was so excited to go do a photoshoot with one of my bffs from home. We always love doing photoshoots together so of course we had a fall themed one and made a dinner date out of it too.

I figured this photoshoot was also a perfect opportunity to show y’all some outfit inspo for Thanksgiving. I don’t usually dress up too terribly much for the holiday so I won’t be wearing this but I was dying to show off this outfit.

Honestly, it might as well be sponsored because this whole thing (minus the shoes and socks) is from one of my fav stores. The skirt (different color), sweater, and vest are all recently from Old Navy. Def pieces I will have in my closet for a while and definitely ones I recommend snagging at their Black Friday sale.

For actual Thanksgiving dinner, I’ll probably be rocking a more casual look. Throw on some jeans and a cute top and that’s probably what you’ll catch me in.

I am so thankful for this time of year and all of the people I get to share it with. I hope all of you are blessed to spend this holiday with the people you love most. I know I am sure thankful for each of you reading this.

xoxo Morgan

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Life Update

Hello friends! Long time no post! I’m sorry for not keeping up with the blog but life has been so crazy lately. I just figured I would update of fun things I have been doing lately.

ESPN College Game Day and LIT house weekend

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I was so excited when I heard the news that GameDay was considering coming back to JMU. They had come my sophomore year as well and I really wanted to bookend my college experience with this fun event. The girls and I headed out to the Quad at 7 am to see all the signs and throw some streamers. It also happened that this weekend was when we had planned for all the families to come. It was so much fun to celebrate with everyone and just show as much school spirit as possible.

Zombie Run for Brains

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Every year, my sorority dresses up as zombies to help out with a charity 5k that gives money to those in Virginia with traumatic brain injuries. It is fun because it is around Halloween time so everyone gets really into it.

Jesse McCartney Concert 

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12 year old me was living my best life this day. My little and I went to the Jesse McCartney concert on campus. We sang along to Beautiful Soul and so many others (as well as his new song coming out soon which is literally such a bop).

Hallohocoweekend

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Yup, you read that right. Halloween and homecoming together in one weekend. We celebrated my roomies bday by dressing up as some party animals and hanging out with friends after the football game.

Big Little Reveal

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GUYS I’M A GRANDMA!! My little became a big which in turn made me a gbig. I am literally so excited to welcome in a new nugget to the anchor fam and who better to do that than with a glittle that is as ecstatic about life as we are!

Gamma Sig’s Formal

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This past Friday night was my sorority’s charity formal. The money raised went to Alex’s Lemonade Stand and we ended up raising around $3,000! It was a fun night with the fam and I got to wear this cute new dress from Bluetique. I’m loving the crushed velvet look recently.

All in all, lately has been very busy. I know that is such a copout thing to say, but lately I feel like I’ve been running around everywhere. I luckily have been able to have fun in the middle of all the responsibilities but honestly I am just grateful to be involved in so much and to be able to have the opportunity to be learning each day. I hope I can get back into blogging so comment so posts you would want to see (maybe a holiday guide or 2??). Love you all as always and thank you for sticking around.

xoxo, Morgan

Apple of My Eye

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Hello friends! I hope everyone’s Tuesday is going well. This past weekend, I got to check an item off of both my 101 in 1001 list and my fall bucket list. I got to go apple picking! Holy moly me oh my this event was the apple of my eye!

My sorority had a unity event where we went to Showalter’s Orchards for a couple hours. New members as well as sisters got to go and it was a lot of fun!

I took lots of pictures, which is honestly the whole point of any fall activity. I got to pick about 10 apples (help a girl out and send some yummy apple recipes for me to try with them because I have too many apples). I also got to buy some mini apple cider donuts as well as a gallon of apple cider (I’m not crazy doing this I swear I just love it).

The most fun part of the day though, honestly, was being able to meet some new friends and hangout with some older ones too. My little and I had a blast trying to pick apples from the top of the tree or trying to feed each other an apple (the idea sounded a lot cuter in my head).

Have you been apple picking this fall? What was your experience like?

xoxo Morgan

Fall Bucket List

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It’s officially fall, y’all! Anyone else like super hype? The basic girl in me is screaming. Fall is without a doubt my favorite season. I love seeing all the leaves change. Give me all the cozy sweaters, boots, PSLs, and fall activities. Speaking of fall activities, I thought I would share some things I definitely want to try to do this fall.

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Now I’m off to get my first PSL of the season… What is on your fall bucket list?

xoxo Morgan

We Were Staying in Paris: Day 7 & 8

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Hello friends! The last Paris blog post is here! Can you believe that it’s been a month since I was there and I’m just finishing these posts? The blog has been slacking because of school but I’m hoping to use it as a time for stress relief. Let’s get started with the last day of the best trip ever…

Day 7: Goodbyes are the hardest thing to do

The last day we decided to go big or go home (ya know before we had to go home). We started off the day with some yummy food at a cafe. I’ve decided that the cafe lifestyle in Paris is something I am 100% on board with and I need every day in my life honestly.

We then took a trip up to find the love lock bridge (the original was taken down so another bridge started taking the name). We bought a cute lock and set off to find the bridge. Little did we know, it only took up a little section of a bridge now and you can’t see it until you are on the middle of the bridge so we ended up walking too far and just placing our lock on a random bridge (trendsetters honestly). Also, we didn’t realize the new bridge is literally the bridge in the Jason Bourne movies, which padre literally took a picture on that same excursion.

After messing up the lock situation, we headed over to a little french grocery store to get supplies for a picnic. We grabbed a couple cheeses, some grapes, crackers, meat, some honey, and the wine we had brought with us and headed over to Champ de Mars for a little picnic. We also had macarons we had bought at Carette. It was such a fun, Parisian (touristy) thing to do.

After our little picnic, we headed back to the hotel and rested up before heading out to dinner. We ate at Chez Francis, which had the most amazing view of the Eiffel Tower from our table. We were able to watch it sparkle once it got dark, and honestly it was a magical moment on our last night. We had snails with an amazing pesto sauce, which were devine.

Following dinner, we headed over to the flame of liberty. It was originally just a replica of the torch on the statue of liberty but now marks the spot of Diana’s tragic accident. It was a chilling place to experience.

We also stood on the bridge looking at the Eiffel tower for a while, trying to sink in every last moment in Paris that we could.

Day 8: An easier travel day but also a sad one

Our final day doesn’t count because it was literally us heading home. We endured our long flights home and had to say goodbye to the wonderful place that brought some many memories that week.

There’s nothing more I would like right now than to be in Paris with people that I love. I would have to say that it was one of my favorite trips and possibly one of my favorite cities I have visited (or at least top 3). I would love to go back there someday and be able to see everything again. Who wants to book another trip with me right now and we can just go live there?

xoxo Morgan

We Were Staying in Paris: Day 6

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Hello lovelies and happy Wednesday! The Paris blogs are almost done! One more day after this post to go!

Day 6: My homie Monet

Day 6 was definitely a favorite of mine. The fam rented a car and drove out to Giverny to visit Monet’s gardens. Not only were we going to see the gardens, but we got to visit with our friends from Luxembourg. They were also on vacation in France so we all decided to meet up so why not do that at a beautiful garden in the countryside of France?

Like other days and other tourist things, we started by waiting in line. But luckily this time, we were all entertained by Amélie and were able to catch up with each other.

Once we got in, it was like a scene from a movie. Flowers everywhere, so much chaos but also so much beauty. We had lots of fun taking pictures and Amélie even took some of everyone.

We got to explore Monet’s house as well, it was very cute. They had replicas of famous art works up and we asked Amélie which one was her favorite one. She picked “The Artist’s Garden at Vetheuil 1880” which has a little girl in a garden, which looks like Amélie.

We explored the rest of the house, found some chickens outside, and then decided it was time to explore the pond.

The pond was gorgeous. It was the inspiration for Monet’s water lilies. I completely understand why he was inspired there. I took lots of pictures of the flowers and it was so fun to be able channel my inner artist, in a way.

After exploring, we hit the gift shop. I got a smaller picture of the painting I talked about earlier. We then headed over to lunch at a restaurant down the road. I had a delicious salad and ended with a nutella crepe, of course.

After many good byes, we got back in the car to head back into the city. We made a pit stop in a little town nearby. Mom and I kind of freaked out because there was a viking river cruise parked at the dock, so the Downton Abbey freaks in us thought it was really cool. Of course, we had to take some basic pics by a blue door.

Once we got back into the city, Mack and I took some pics by the Eiffel Tower again. We then met up with Mom and Dad to head back to the hotel.

All in all, I loved day 6 because it was a fantastic time catching up with friends and seeing such a beautiful place together. It will definitely go down in the Morgan history books for one of the best days.

xoxo Morgan

We Were Staying in Paris: Day 5

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Happy Thursday friends! It has been an interesting day so far, to say the least, so I thought I would take a break from this crazy day to write some more about Paris.

Day 5: Couldn’t help looking like a tourist

Day 5 was the last day of our Paris Pass, which meant we definitely needed to get the most out of it that we could after losing time with Versailles (see Day 4 here). Mom really wanted to do a bus tour (we have done one in pretty much every city we have visited to so it was a must) so we headed over to the Arc de Triomphe to catch one. From there, it took us all over Paris, and we were able to hop on and off as we pleased.

Our first stop on the bus tour was to go on another tour. The Paris Pass included a wine tasting at a “cavern” in the middle of the city. After searching far and wide for this obscure shop, we finally found it and began our tour. The tour pretty much walked you through where wine is made and other parts of the wine making process, with a focus on each of the 5 senses. The tour ended with a wine tasting of three different wines. A plus of this tasting was each person got a free bottle of house wine at the end of the tour, so we were pretty set for a little while (I even brought one back with me to remember the experience).

After the wine tour, we hopped in a bike cart scooter thing (honestly thats the best way to describe it, I still have no words) and rode to the Lourve gardens to have a quick bite to eat at a cafe. The baguette sandwich was good and Mack ended up trapping a bee in a glass (don’t ask) before we headed off in search of the Big Bus again.

We then took the bus over to Notre Dame in search of the hunchback. It was interesting to see such a historic place (even with the amount of people that were there). Definitely something I was excited to check off of my bucket list.

After Notre Dame, Padre, Mack, and I went shopping a little bit and then got some gelato. The gelato was shaped like a rose and had a macaron in a middle. It was everything I needed and more.

We also ended up shopping on Champ de Elysee, hitting up a couple stores (including an Abrecrombie and Fitch that was actually in a mansion I’m kidding) before heading back on a long walk to the hotel. We tried taking a different way and it was just a struggle… but we did find a grocery store which helped inspire a picnic another day.

After relaxing for a hot minute, the three of us went to dinner and got to have a view of the Eiffel Tower while doing that. We then ordered mom an uber (my uber code is morganv135ui to get a code towards your first ride!) and then headed down to the river Seine. We then hopped on a boat tour, which was very interesting to have at night.

It was a great end to day 5.

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I have been thinking about Paris so much lately. I feel like every time I go on Pinterest and Tumblr I see something from Paris or see something that just reminds me of it. I already want to go back. Maybe I’ll just move there and everyone can visit.

Where have you always wanted to travel?

xoxo Morgan