Bedoom Redo Reveal


After sharing my vision for my bedroom redo in December, I'm excited to finally be sharing updated pictures! It's been a bit of a drawn-out process since I wanted to make sure I was only buying pieces I really loved and since I spent the majority of those months in school. I'm still putting a few finishing touches on the place, but I wanted to get this posted before I leave for school (this Saturday!) so this is as good as it's going to get.

Also, I apologize for how dark these pictures are. My room is incredibly dim, even with LED lights, and the camera's flash was broken. At least I tried!


D.C. Bucket List

1:30am at the Washington Monument

I realize that not everyone is as fortunate as I am to get to spend her college years in a city like Washington, D.C. As a result, I want to be very intentional about taking full advantage of the city during the three years I have left at Georgetown. I made a bucket list, hoping that it will aid me in doing so. Check out the things I plan to do in the coming school year!


Eleuthera Recap

As I've mentioned quite a few times already, my family vacation this year was to the Bahamas, specifically the island of Eleuthera. Eleuthera is a quirky place; in fact, we saw cars with bumper stickers rightfully proclaiming that "Eleuthera isn't for everyone." It's still very natural and for the most part undeveloped, so its residents live simply. That's primarily why Eleuthera is such a lovely vacation destination though. The raw beauty of its countless beaches and clear waters is unparalleled, and you never know when you'll stumble upon the prettiest beach you've ever seen!

We rented an incredible house called Heart's Ease, which was on the beach and only a couple minutes from the town of Governor's Harbour. Since our trip was slightly untraditional, I've created a photo diary instead of using my typical travel recap post format. Read on to see the things we did! 


Friday Five: July 2018

This month, I've been really slacking on my summer goal of two posts a week. I'm not mad about it, though, because it just means I've been busy with a bunch of other things. 

I've been living my dream by spending most of my days in the operating room, learning from pediatric surgeons and their residents and medical students. I've gotten back into my routine at The Bar Method--my favorite workout class--and it's reminded how good I feel when I'm consistently active. I've also gotten to spend a lot of time with my friends and had plenty of time to relax and read on my family's trip to the Bahamas. Read on for my favorites for the month of July!


My First Capsule Wardrobe

Have you ever opened your closet full of clothes and still felt like you had nothing to wear? How about bought something not because you liked it, but because it was inexpensive? Felt anxious getting dressed in the morning, overwhelmed by the number of choices you have? Me. Too.

I'm excited to share a project of mine that has been in the works for quite some time now. For a number of reasons, including the ones I just described, I've been in the process of curbing my spending and cultivating a small closet of clothes that I love.


The Ultimate College Packing List

I know from experience how daunting it can be to pack for college, especially if you, like me, have to ship it all to another state. Last year, I tackled this challenge in the most MK way I knew how: with a color-coded, categorized packing list. I compiled this list on a Google Doc and shared it with my soon-to-be roommate so she could add to it and cross off items when she purchased them. Any potential confusion regarding our shared items was prevented by coloring them based on who was bringing what.


Friday Five: June 2018

Long time, no Friday Five! After a few months of these posts, I'm finding that I average about one per month, so that is what I'm going to stick to, making these more of monthly favorites posts. However, for a little more structure and variety, I'll be incorporating categories into each month's post: favorite I read, watched, ate, bought, and did. Since it's the last Friday in June, I'm here today with this month's favorites!

strawberry frosé


A Day-to-Night Outfit

For the past six weeks, I've been taking two summer classes at a local university. The classes only last four hours a day, which means I've had the rest of my days free to do whatever I need or want. While it's made for a flexible schedule, it's also required me to dress in a way that works for class in the morning and for whatever I'm doing after. I think I've finally mastered the idea of a day-to-night look and want to share my results with you!


Sweet Potato Hummus & Pita Chips

Ever since including this Real Simple recipe in my March Friday Five post, I've been dying to make sweet potato almond hummus. It combines some of my favorite ingredients--sweet potatoes, almond butter, chickpeas, lime--into one of my favorite snacks. This weekend, I finally got around to making it for my family, and it got rave reviews, so I'm sharing it here!


10 Dorm Room Essentials

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I brought way too many things to school with me this year. But now that I have a year of college under my belt, I have a pretty good idea of what I need and what I can leave at home. In order to hopefully save you from overpacking like I did, I've compiled a list of my ten dorm room essentials, in no particular order.

As part of my summer blogging schedule, I'm planning to release a college-related post every other week. I'd love to hear in the comments below if this is something you're interested in!


Summer Bucket List

Harbour Island, Bahamas

Last summer was a fun one, full of bright blue Bahamian waters and soaking up every last minute with family and friends before leaving for school. It taught me that, in order to take full advantage of the fleeting summer months, I have to be intentional about how I spend every day. That's why I like to make a bucket list, to ensure that I get to do everything I want before the summer is over. For my 2018 list, I've included 12 items for the 12 weeks left of my summer break.


Farmer's Market Fab

Last weekend, I visited a local farmer's market with two of my close friends. We strolled around, tasted fresh food, and enjoyed the beautiful summer weather. I styled this outfit for the occasion to allow me to beat the Florida heat while still looking my best.


My First Publishing

saying goodbye to my mom after Convocation

Upon arriving home for summer break, I was reflecting on my freshman year and wrote a blog post about the lessons I had learned. Before posting it though, I submitted it to Grown and Flown per my mom's suggestion, and, lucky for me, they offered to publish it!

They have exclusive rights to it for six months, so, although I cannot post it here like I originally planned to, I am linking to it below. I am incredibly excited about this opportunity and hope you'll share in my excitement because it really might be my best post to date.


Bedroom Organization Solutions

Not surprisingly, I brought way too many things to school this year. Unpacking it all took me much longer than it should've because it forced me to clean out at the same time. Although it was a pain in the process, now I'm glad I took the time to do it because an organized room makes for a happy MK! My organization solutions are always evolving as I acquire new things and get rid of others, so I thought I'd share the ones I recently developed.


The Perfect Avocado Toast

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Anybody who knows me knows that I'm obsessed with avocado toast. Heck, even if you just follow me on Instagram you probably know that! It's my go-to brunch order, but I also like to recreate my favorite restaurant versions at home. This one is inspired by my all-time favorite from Barnie's, which has a mix of savory, salty, spicy, and sour ingredients. So without further adieu, I present to you my Perfect Avocado Toast.


A Striped Set

It's no secret that I have an obsession with stripes. I love how they're eternally classic yet infinitely versatile. So I'm always looking for ways to incorporate more stripes into my wardrobe without looking like I just own multiple versions of the same clothes. This matching top and pants set fit the bill perfectly and was so summery that I couldn't resist buying it a few months ago. Unfortunately, the never-ending D.C. winter meant that it sat in my closet until I moved out last week.


D.C. Favorites: Restaurants

Now that I'm done with my first year at Georgetown, I feel like I am finally able to share some of my D.C. favorites with you. I've been planning this post for a while since friends and family always ask me for restaurant recommendations when they come to town. Now I'll actually have a direction to point them in!

salmon avocado waffle at Boulangerie Christophe

Most of my recommendations are places in Georgetown since that is where I live, but I'll be sure to post an updated list as I explore more of the city. Additionally, I only included restaurants I've actually tried so I could give my honest endorsement, but there are plenty more local spots I am dying to visit! I know this compilation isn't brief, but I am confident that there is something for everyone.


Friday Five: April 2018

This Friday Five is actually a Saturday Five because I was too busy to get it posted yesterday. That seems to be how most things have been going lately, so I'm just trying my best to slow down and enjoy my last few weeks of being a college freshman. The weather in D.C. this weekend could not be more perfect--sunny and 75°--so my roommate and I have had our window open and even laid outside in our Enos for a few hours!

There's nothing quite like a spring day at Georgetown!


Baltimore Recap

Because Georgetown is a Jesuit university, we have Easter break in addition to spring break. I couldn't justify going home again after only being back on campus for two weeks, so I made the most of my time off by sleeping in, catching up on Netflix, and finally visiting my friend Nico at Johns Hopkins. Nico has come to Georgetown, and I've been trying to make it to Baltimore all year but could never find the time. He promised me the trip would be quick and easy, and man was he right!


Prom Dress Shopping Guide

It's about that time of year again! After spring break, time seems to fly by, meaning prom will be here before we know it. My high school didn't have prom until mid-May, but I think it's safe to say everyone started shopping for a dress long before that.


Friday Five: March 2018

I'm finally getting around to writing another Friday Five post after a spring break full of welcome relaxation and much-needed family time. As always, it went by much too fast, but I am happy to be back on campus and getting back into my routine.

a beautiful sunset on my plane ride home


DIY Distressed Denim

After a few weeks of being MIA, I'm back! I can't believe it's been almost a month since I last posted on the blog, especially since I was on such a regular schedule for a while, but between a cold, a weekend trip to Florida, and midterms, the month of February flew by with little time to spare. I finally made it to spring break and am enjoying having time to relax and be creative. I'll have to save my room rearrangement and furniture-painting for later, but right now I'd like to share my attempt at denim distressing.


Pattern Play

It seems that Thursday nights are when I'll be doing most of my blogging this semester. With only one class on Friday, and not even until the afternoon, I consider Thursday night to be the start of my weekend. Usually I'm exhausted by the end of the day, as it's my busiest of the week, so I unwind with some me-time, usually by catching up on this week's episode of The Good Doctor and working on content for the blog.

Last weekend, my mom visited spontaneously. It was nice to get away from the dorm for a couple of days and of course to spend time with her. We didn't make any big plans and instead opted to stay in the warmth of our Airbnb, watching movies and ordering UberEats a few too many times. The row house was just a block from M Street and two from the university, and I'd highly recommend it if you're looking for a charming place to stay in Georgetown.

I took full advantage of having my mom--the Etscorn family photographer--here by requesting that she bring her camera to shoot some pictures for an outfit post. We had the perfect sunny (but still cold!) day here on Saturday so we headed outside. Instead of something new, I thought I'd share some of the tried-and-true items in my closet, the ones I reach for day after day.


How to Stay Well in College

It's official: flu season is here. And I'm fairly confident that there's no worse place to be during an epidemic than on a college campus. With all of the shared spaces, from dorms to dining halls, it's no wonder the virus seem to spare no one. Plus, as if it's not hard enough to stay on top of your school work while healthy, being sick inevitably puts you behind.

My poor roommate has been stuck in bed with the flu all week despite getting a vaccine months ago, but somehow I've been lucky enough to escape it so far. So I figured it's as good a time as ever to share my tips for staying well as a college student, in hopes that you can too. Keep in mind that these don't just apply to college students though!


Friday Five: January 2018

I can't believe I'm already writing another Friday Five post! This first full week of classes flew by because of all the things I had to do, but at least it's left me feeling accomplished. Here are some favorites from my week:

sunset at the National Mall this weekend


Freshman Dorm Room Tour

While some people, for obvious reasons, dread living in a dorm room, being back in mine since Christmas break has reminded me just how much I actually enjoy it. Don't get me wrong: I miss my queen-sized bed and much prefer to shower without wearing shoes, but overall I'm pleased with my freshman year living situation. I think a big part of the fun for me was getting to decorate this blank slate!

It definitely wasn't love at first sight though! I was absolutely frightened when I first walked into this room.


Friday Five: January 2018

Hello & happy Friday! 

This school week was only four days, which was helpful for easing into the second semester, but it sure felt long. You can bet I'll be soaking up every last minute of this weekend before our first full week commences on Monday! Beginning with today's post, I've decided to introduce a little weekly series to collect my five favorite finds of the week. Let me know what you think!


NYC Recap

As I mentioned in my last post, my family spent the week after Christmas in New York City. We had the best time, so I thought I'd share the details of our visit!


2017 Highlights

All in all, 2017 was a year of change. Anyone who knows me knows that I find comfort in the constant, so I'm not exactly the biggest fan of change. However, obviously it is sometimes inevitable, such as when moving to college 800 miles from home, so I'm trying to make the most of it. Looking back, I'm actually thankful for the times I've been forced out of my comfort zone this year and the growth I've experienced as a result. As I move forward into 2018, I am working on cultivating my own happiness, beginning by accepting change and channeling it towards growth instead of stress. For now, here's a recap on the highlights of my year. It's crazy to think about how different my life has become in only a year, but it excites me to think about what my 2018 Highlights post will look like!


Snow Day Style

Growing up in Florida, I missed out on real winters, so nothing excites me more than a snow day. I had never even seen snow until earlier this month, and, let me tell you, I was ecstatic, even though it was just enough to cover the ground.

So you can imagine how thrilled I was when my parents planned a post-Christmas visit to New York City. Leading up to it, I obsessively checked to see if it would snow, but the predictions were inconclusive. Much to my excitement, we walked outside on Saturday morning to find quite a bit of snow coming down!
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