Whether it's on the blog or in my every day conversation, I talk a lot about my dread when it comes to growing up. Graduation is right around the corner, so I'm (understandably, I hope) slightly freaking out about all of the changes that are about to happen in my life. Amid the freak outs, though, I got to cling to one last shred of childhood last week: my very last spring break, or rather, my very last break ever. So even though I'm still going crazy about the fact that I don't know what the future has in store for me past May (I like to have things planned, yo), I took this as an opportunity to just enjoy my time and embrace my California roots. Well, for the most part. But more on that later.
As I mentioned before, my friend Katie came home with me for the week. She's always wanted to visit California, and I love playing tour guide to my home town, so it was a jam-packed week. We didn't get to go to Disneyland like I had hoped since it's crazy expensive, but we did eat a ton of good California food and whatnot. I took her to a few of my favorite places in Orange County like Balboa, South Coast Plaza, and the Orange Circle, and we made a trip to LA one day for some shopping on Melrose. The best part, though? I finally got to meet Ashley and Erica in person there. Ashley shopped around a bit with us for a while, and Erica met us all for lunch. It was so easy to talk with them since it felt like I had known them forever, and they were just as sweet and funny in person. Want proof? Check out my Instagram or the Flock Together Facebook page.
As you can probably tell, I was pretty pumped to be out of the snow and was in sleeveless dresses and bare legs all week. I ended up picking up this dress at H&M and fell in love with the cut. I was all about the minimalism this week, so it needed nothing more than some coral oxfords and a pair of sunglasses.
As for those other things I did during break other than relax and adventuring? The job hunt is in full force, so I ended up using a couple of afternoons on cool opportunities. I have a really great family friend who has connections with the LA Times, so I was fortunate enough to set up a casual meeting in old town Pasadena with the international editor. Before you get too excited, it wasn't anything that's leading to a job, but it was still a great experience. We chatted over coffee and tea, and he told me about his experience in journalism and where the industry is heading. It was both extremely scary/depressing and helpful. I got some great insight into the industry and was able to make a very nice connection.
Strangely enough, the day after I heard about the horrors of finding a job in journalism, I got a call asking me to come in for an interview for a paid internship with a very cool website. I ended up going in that day, and while it seemed like the perfect fit, they were looking to fill the position right away when I wouldn't be available to start until May. The good news is that they said they'd keep my resume and be in touch in May, and most importantly, it's good to know that there are companies out there that are looking to hire people like me.
(I apologize for how long this post is. I don't expect anyone to care about my spring break as much as I do, but I like to ramble, so I regret nothing.)
Oxfords: Urban Outfitters