Thursday Thoughts + $250 Ulta Giveaway

Well, I’m officially done with one of three of my grad classes! Woohoo! Last night I took my final for one of my classes and by the end of this weekend, I’ll be finishing up the second (and also my worst nightmare of a class), stats. Seriously cannot wait! But enough about that. Here’s what else is on my mind:

  • One Direction’s releasing a new song this week! Who cares if I’m 25, I still love my boy bands!
  • I caved and bought a new bag. After eyeing it up for a few months, a 20% off sale popped up and I knew it was time to bite the bullet. It’s specifically designed as a camera bag, but will serve well for a few other essentials as well. So excited to use it!
  • Heidi’s letters to her past, present, and future selves are such a great reminder about life. If you need a little inspiration, check it out!
  • Update on my upcoming Europe trip – the hotels are all booked! I’ve started pulling a list together of some of the big sights to stop at, but there’s still quite a bit to figure out. I can’t wait to dedicate more planning time to it after this week!
  • I’m loving Hannah’s post on why it’s ok to grow out of friendships. So true and very well-said!
  • My cousin Kristin recently got engaged in the most adorable (and creative) way AND I was asked to be a bridesmaid! Still obsessing over the graphic that popped the question/”sorted” me as a bridesmaid!

HP bridesmaid

And finally, a giveaway! There’s a whole slew of us bloggers teaming up to give one lucky winner a $250 Ulta gift card! Some serious damage could be done with that! Enter for a chance to win below and be sure to enter “Small Towns & City Lights” as your referring blog for the free entry!

What would you treat yourself to if you won?

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  1. October 15, 2015 / 8:33 AM

    That bridesmaid image!!!! It’s everything! So amazing.

    • October 20, 2015 / 11:02 PM

      I know, right?! Her financee designed them for all the bridesmaids, way cool!

  2. October 15, 2015 / 9:23 AM

    Ah I’m so happy you love the Bridesmaid graphic :-D I’m going to be getting the physical copy out to you soon!

    • October 20, 2015 / 11:03 PM

      Yay! I love it, it’s seriously the best thing ever!

  3. Anamika Ojha
    October 15, 2015 / 10:29 AM

    Your Bridesmaid graphic is amazing and your post makes a nice read.

    • October 20, 2015 / 11:03 PM

      Thanks so much, Anamika!

  4. October 15, 2015 / 12:12 PM

    I love that bridesmaids image – going to go check out the engagement story now!

    • October 20, 2015 / 11:04 PM

      Thanks, I can’t get enough of it! Their engagement was all HP-themed too!

  5. October 15, 2015 / 12:42 PM

    I just recently became engaged as well and that graphic is amazing! Such a cute idea!

    • October 20, 2015 / 11:03 PM

      Congrats on your engagement! Can’t wait to read more about all of your wedding things coming up!

  6. Shann Eva
    October 15, 2015 / 5:56 PM

    Such a cute graphic. So fun to be a bridesmaid too. Sounds like you have a ton of fun things coming up. Great giveaway!

    • October 20, 2015 / 11:03 PM

      Thanks! I’m looking forward to it, it’s been years since I’ve been in a wedding!

  7. October 16, 2015 / 4:15 PM

    What a great giveaway! I could totally use $250 to Ulta. hahaha Also, those sales are the best times to get staples like bags, jeans, shirts, etc.!

    • October 20, 2015 / 11:02 PM

      For real! Talk about a major shopping spree :)