On a Happy Note…

For those of you who don’t know me too well, allow me to let you in on a big aspect of my life: my passion for music. I have been singing since I could speak, was a total theater kid, and now, I am a singer/songwriter and am in an a cappella group at my school! This past weekend was huge in the music department of my life, so I thought it would be fun to share the weekend’s events on The Pace.

On Friday, I released a new version of a song from my EP, Take Me or Leave Me. The song is called “Deserve” and you can buy it on iTunes here! Life hits us hard sometimes with things that make us feel worthless and inferior, and we can’t always rely on other people to be the ones to bring us out of this low state. The main message of “Deserve” is that we need to be a constant source of support and encouragement in our own lives; we need to be the ones that recognize and fight for what we deserve. I think this is a message that everyone can relate to. I would love to hear your thoughts on the song!

Deserve Cover

I also performed at The New Leaf Club in Bryn Mawr, PA on Friday night. I was so thankful for all of my friends and family who came to watch me perform. Let’s just say, I could have #blessed that Insta a million times over.

Saturday was another exciting day! I am a proud member of the Villanova Supernovas, a co-ed a cappella group at my university. On Saturday, we accepted an invitation to audition for NBC’s The Sing Off in New York City. We had so much fun traipsing around the city (in the rain) and singing in front of judges like Deke Sharon (aka the a cappella superstar who does vocal arrangements for Pitch Perfect!!).

On Saturday night, we traveled back to the Nova Nation to perform at A Cappella Spolozza, a concert that raises money for Villanova’s Special Olympic Fall Festival. The Supernovas performed our version of the girl-power hit, “Bang Bang.” If you want to witness a lot of sass, incredible riffing, and hear me rap…check out this video.

All in all, it was a fantastic weekend that truly reminded me of all I have to be thankful for in my life. Music really has a way of doing that. 🙂

Summer’s Swan Song

IMG_5224IMG_5220 IMG_5221 Labor Day Weekend: The last hurrah of summer! Time to fire up the grill one last time, wear your favorite summer outfit, and get your last fix of sunshine and long nights before the season comes to an end. I spent the holiday weekend in Queens, New York visiting my boyfriend and his family. The weekend consisted of eating a lot of great food, exploring, shopping, and relaxing. My boyfriend and I spent a night enjoying Williamsburg (if you aren’t familiar with this area of Brooklyn, it is basically the hipster capital of America). In Willamsburg, I scored a gorgeous BCBG Maxaria dress from a thrift store called Buffalo Exchange for only $30, we ate an incredible meal at Sea, the trendiest Thai restaurant I have ever been to, and we finished off the night enjoying our last scoops of ice cream for the season at the Williamsburg Creamery. We spent another portion of the long weekend walking around my boyfriend’s neighborhood. I grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, which is just about the farthest thing from Queens, so whenever I visit, I love exploring and getting to know the area better (I am finally starting to understand the public transportation system in New York!!). Since Labor Day Weekend signals the end of one fantastic season (and the start of another great one!), I chose to wear one of my favorite sundresses before I had to put it away for the year. This blue and white floral dress from Urban Outfitters (similar style) is cute, super comfortable, and even has pockets (Game. Changer.).

I hope you all had incredible weekends and are feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready to tackle all that fall has to offer!

Dress (similar style), Bag (similar), Sunglasses (similar)