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Dress to Kimono in 9 Steps

Jennie O'Dell

When buying an item of clothing, you go through multiple questions in your head. Can i afford this? Do i reeeealllly need this? How many times can i wear this? But what if i told you the next time your questioning that amazing wrap dress for that special occasion, you can wear it TWO different ways! You can get TWICE the use out of it! I'm going to go with a win win situation. Go ahead and throw it in your cart.

Here's how:

Step 1: Find your dream dress. Done!

Step 1: Find your dream dress. Done!

2. Untie the dress and hold out the two ties in front of you

2. Untie the dress and hold out the two ties in front of you

3. Place the right hand string into the hole along the same side

3. Place the right hand string into the hole along the same side

4. Pull through 

4. Pull through 

5. Take your other tie, place behind your back 

5. Take your other tie, place behind your back 

6. Put through the same hole on the right side 

6. Put through the same hole on the right side 

7. Pull through!

7. Pull through!

8. Finally tie to drawstrings together!

8. Finally tie to drawstrings together!

Step 9. Strut your stuff because you have a whole new outfit!

Step 9. Strut your stuff because you have a whole new outfit!

Va La! Enjoy! 

Check out our wrap dresses on Beyourselfonline.com today!

Beyourself Meets Santorini, Greece

Jennie O'Dell

"The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience." -Eleanor Roosevelt 

Hey Beyourself beauties!

One of my favorite places that I visited in Europe was the Island of Santorini! If you don't happen to have this place on your must visit list then I highly suggest that you do! Nothing else compares to this magical place with its sandy beaches, dazzling blue ocean, and of course the bright white buildings. I had a blast exploring the island with memories that will last me a life time, but I have wrapped them up into a list of my top 5 favorite things I did whilst I was on the island for you guys!

#1 Exploring the city of Fira

It's impossible not to be amazed by the beautiful views of the ocean and picturesque buildings while walking through the streets of Fira. This place felt like a dream and I never wanted it to end! 

With all of the white and blue buildings I made sure to wear an outfit that stood out! This red two piece and amazing embroidered bag did the trick! 

While in Fira, make sure to grab a bite to eat at one of the local gyro stands! Trust me, they are AMAZING!

#2 Riding Donkeys in Oia

This was the one activity I was looking forward to the most and I was not about to leave Santorini without doing! Ever since saw Lena ride a donkey in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, I made a mental note that if I were to ever go to Santorini, Greece I would have to try this. Let me just tell you, it was the best time of my life!

#3 Going Riding on ATVs

There is no better way of exploring the island than on an ATV. I stayed in Perissa which is on the southern tip of the island - which I really enjoyed because it is right by the coast with the black sand beach - and a great starting point to explore the rest of the island. It was so exhilarating to get to ride around and explore at my own leisure. While exploring I stopped at a little shop in Akrotiri called Faros Market & Products that sold home made preservatives which were DELICIOUS! If you happen upon this little spot I encourage you to try the sweet tomato preserves! Santorini is known for their tomatoes because the volcanic ash enriches the flavor!

#4 Visiting the Local Book Store of Oia - Atlantis Books

While walking through the streets of Oia I happened upon this cute little book store. If it wasn't for the "rent a cat" sign that caught my attention and sparked my curiosity I would have missed this place. I am so glad I didn't because I fell in love with it! This place is a book lovers haven with the right amount of quirkiness and care free vibes that made me want to spend hours here. While there, I recommend picking up one of the carefully selected books in their repertoire and sit on the deck that has a marvelous view of the ocean.

#5 Walking through the streets of Oia and watching the sunset 

Oia is the other big city in Santorini aside from Fira and it's just as pretty! It was so much fun just walking around and finding little nooks and side streets. This city made smile, and still does!

The sunset in Oia is an experience that cannot be missed if you are ever in Santorini. It's one of those moments in life that made me realize how amazing this world is. The sunset is about an hour long so find a good little spot and enjoy!

Thanks for reading, have a wonderful day, and always remember to be yourself! 

xoxo 

Allie

Beyourself Meets Barcelona, Spain

Jennie O'Dell

"Travel. As much as you can. As far as you can. As long as you can. Life's not meant to be lived in one place."

Hey Beyourself babes!

I was fortunate enough to travel through out Europe this summer and I wanted to take you all along for the journey! My first stop....Barcelona, Spain! Here are my top must see/do while in this vibrant city, a couple of tips on what to wear while traveling, and a few pointers if you are planning a trip abroad!

Here are a couple of tips for you wonderers at heart....

Tip #1 Go with the Flow

By this I mean, if things do not go as expected don't stress out about it. Some of the best memories I have had so far has come from the unexpected. If you happen across something cool that you want to explore or you find out about an awesome excursion, go do it! You never know when you'll be back in Europe so live it up while you're here!

Tip #2 Get off the Beat and Track

One of the biggest and most valuable pieces of advice that my mom has given me for this trip was, "you never know a city until you get lost in it". By this she means, explore. Don't be afraid to not follow the crowd. Find your own beautiful parts in the city.

Tip #3 Keep an Open Mind

For those who have never been to Europe, like me, I really needed to make a mental note of this. I have learned that every country and even every city in Europe has a different culture. It was a little intimidating at first, being in a new place, with a different atmosphere than what I was use to, but I gained a whole other level of appreciation from it. I think keeping an open mind really helps you adapt to your new surroundings and makes your trip more enjoyable.

Highlights from My Time in Barcelona!

#1 Seeing the Architectural Works by Antoni Gaudí

When I think of Barcelona, I think of the architecture by Antoni Gaudí. For those of you who have seen pictures of his famous works, let me tell you, nothing pales in comparison to seeing them in person. If you ever travel to Barcelona take a day to marvel over the astounding masterpieces by Antoni Gaudí.

Traveling and walking around can take a lot out of you, especially if you are not wearing comfortable clothing, but the Around the House Jumper became my ride or die because of how effortlessly stylish it was! Accessorize it with some cute sunnies and a couple of necklaces for layering and you've got the perfect outfit! 

#2 Brunch at Brunch & Cake

Brunch & Cake is one of those restaurants where the food looks almost too pretty to eat, but I highly recommend eating your food after you take a picture for Instagram of course. (; This place is the perfect spot to eat before exploring Barcelona since it is right in the center of the city.

#3 Day Trip to Sitges, Spain 


If you are ever visiting a big city in Europe, like Barcelona, I would have to suggest taking a day or even a half a day out to visit a smaller town near by. The big cities are great and so full of energy, but the small towns have so much charm and undiscovered beauty to them. Take a day away from the big city and enjoy the beach, atmosphere and so much more in Sitges!

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For a fun day at the beach, this bodysuit was a great choice! Not only was the off the shoulder and ruffle detail super cute, but it also doubled as a bathing suit! Pair it with some high-waisted jean shorts and you have the perfect beach day outfit! 

 

#4 Walking around the Gothic Quarters

As the old town city center of Barcelona, the Gothic Quarters is filled with history that one can easily take in by marveling at the stunning buildings. Carve out some time to wonder around this historic district and while you are there stop by my favorite gelato spot in Barcelona, the Chocolate-Box, for a sweet treat! I highly recommend the pistachio gelato! (: 

#5 Dinner at Luzia

This restaurant was the perfect way to end my last night in Barcelona. Luzia is located on Las Ramblas, the most well-known street in Barcelona, so I highly recommend taking some time to walk down this street on your way to the restaurant. I got the Mushroom Risotto with black truffles and it was so amazing I could have eaten another plate!

Thanks guys for reading this blog post! I am so excited to share more about my time in Europe in future posts! Have an amazing day and always remember to be yourself!

xoxo

Allie

 

bread&cup

Jennie O'Dell

"Simple food and drink," that is what Bread & Cup is all about; making delicious meals out of the most flavorful yet simple ingredients. Walking into Bread & Cup you are greeted with a warm welcome and a smile from their employees. They have a wonderful atmosphere and background noise of good conversation. Their patio seating is great to enjoy a meal with friends or have a coffee while enjoying the fresh air. They give you a variety of sandwiches, pizzas, salads, burgers, and soups. They have a morning menu that goes Tuesday through Friday (7am-10:30am). They have great appetizers including, marinated olives, meat and cheese boards, and bread boards. Whether you want to brunch or lunch, Bread & Cup is the place for you.

"We live in a fascinating age of progress and scientific discovery. Technology offers us better and faster ways to communicate and share information with one another across the planet. Yet with all its advancement, we believe nothing will provide a better channel for meeting our deepest needs of communication like the timeless practice of sharing simple food and drink. 

We'll set the table. You bring the conversation."

Visit their website for the full menu at

http://breadandcup.com/food-drink/

xoxo,

 

Taylor

 

Rush in style

Jennie O'Dell

Calling all college girls! Fall semester is right around the corner, which means sorority recruitment is approaching, FAST. Need some help with what to wear? Here are some common recruitment days and a couple tips on how to slay the game!

Sorority Letters T-shirt Day

For some colleges, rush week starts off with wearing t-shirts. Quick question, how are you suppose to make a t-shirt look cute? Well you can start off with finding a fun, printed pair of shorts or skirt. Tie your shirt in a front knot (which I think we all have mastered by now), throw on a pair of sandals and you have officially given an extreme makeover to that scrubby t-shirt. CONGRATS!

Casual Day

As rush continues through the week, our days get more stressful and the outfits get fancier. BUT WHO DOESN'T LOVE A GOOD SUNDRESS?  Also can I say thank you to the trend of jumpsuits, and rompers, because I don't know about you, but always remembering to sit like a lady is difficult! 

Tip: Heeled shoes are cute and all but not always the most practical, especially when walking from house to house. We need something cute yet comfy; wedges and mules kill it in both categories!

Formal Day

YES almost there ladies! We have almost reached the end of recruitment, which means its time to pull out the formal dresses. In need of a specific colored dress? We have got you covered! Black, Red, Navy, Pink, Lavender, Royal Blue, White, find them all at beyourself. 

Ok my babes we did it! We got through rush week looking glam. Shop all of these looks in store or online now!

Last note, recruitment can be a stressful and nerve-racking week but it also gives you a chance to find a group of gals who you end up calling your sisters (ugh cheesy I know). Just remember to have fun, pack a couple bandaids, and beyourself <3

 

xoxo,

Meredith