Niagara on the Lake

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Top (similar) // Jeans // Bracelets  // Glasses

One of my absolute favourite places to visit during the summer is Niagara on the Lake. Located minutes from Niagara Falls, this charming town is brimming with history. Between many, many small and large wineries you will also find fresh locally grown produce, cute shops and historical sites including Fort George and the Laura Secord Homestead (where you can buy Laura Secord chocolates!)

Aside from the town - I am in love with the Niagara whirlpool. It is located in between Ontario and New York and is one of the strongest rapids in the world. The whirlpool spins counter clockwise because of a change in direction of water exiting the Niagara river. Photos do not do the whirlpool justice - it's definitely something you should see in person! There is an aero-car that takes you across the whirlpool - and while I have never been brave enough to get on it, it seems like a lot of fun!

I'm already looking forward to next summer's trip!

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Tips for Informal Sorority Recruitment

Monday, August 28, 2017

I am so excited for today's blog post! Joining a sorority in university was such a positive experience for me, and I credit many of the skills I have today to my sorority! 

Canadian Greek life, while thriving, is not as popular as its American counterpart so, the recruitment process is much different here. When I was going through recruitment, it was a month long process with a handful of informal recruitment events each week. I really liked this relaxed style (though I've never experienced a super formal recruitment) and at the end of the month, I felt really comfortable accepting my bid from Delta Zeta!  

While informal recruitment is less structured - there is much more to it than what meets the eye. Today I have some tips for those of you about to start informal recruitment!

1. Take it seriously
While informal recruitment is a more relaxed way of joining a sorority - you must understand that it is still serious. When you attend informal events, the women of each sorority are considering you for lifelong membership in an organization very close to their hearts. It may sound strange, but you will be evaluated after each event - so it is important to leave the best impression you can. Having meaningful conversations with the members will definitely help you decide if the chapter is for you and vice versa. 

2. Attend as many events as you can
Recruitment events are how sororities will get to know you, so it is pretty important you make an effort attend them. In my experience, recruitment events can overlap with classes and it's totally fine to prioritize class over recruitment. Do go to the events you can attend and make the most of that time by following step #1! 

3. Consider your conversations
Don't be afraid to show off your personality - because that is what will make you stand out. It's important however to read the room and keep the conversation appropriate for the situation. Certain conversations are just not meant to had during sorority recruitment so save them for another time. Remember the ultimate goal is to find a home within a values based organization - so keep your conversations classy!

4. Ask questions!
Please don't be afraid to ask questions throughout the process. I personally loved when PNMs asked questions because it showed me they were interested in my organization (a great sign). It's also better to be well informed about details such as cost and commitment so you aren't blind-sighted by anything if you do receive a bid. 

5. Be patient
Informal recruitment can seem like a long process but I believe it's worth it! Participating in the many events is exhausting, however, just one month can lead to lifelong friendships, networking and more! Sounds wonderful to me! 

6. Have an open mind
If you're like me, you probably have researched the sororities on your campus and think you know all there is to know about them. You may also have your heart set on a certain sorority, but don't discount the other chapters. If you only attend one sorority's events it is possible you will not receive a bid from them and that can be heartbreaking. Trust the process and don't limit yourself by having a closed mind. The chapter you didn't want to give a chance to may end up becoming your home!

7. Have fun and be yourself! 
I know my previous advice makes recruitment seem scary, but it's actually a lot of fun! Remain calm throughout the process and let your personality shine. At the end of the day, sororities want you to join them; so show off how awesome you are and why they should extend a bid to you! Don't overthink it, and just be genuine. Joining a sorority is a lifelong commitment, so you definitely want to make sure your values align with the organization you're joining. The only way to do that is to be yourself. There are so many stereotypes of what a sorority woman 'should' look/be like - but none of them are true. Through being your authentic self throughout the recruitment process, you will find the home you are meant to be a part of. 

I hope these tips are useful! 
If you've gone through recruitment - what tips would you offer PNMS?

This post is kindly sponsored by Greek U

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Grown Up School Supplies

Friday, August 25, 2017

I can't be the only person who loves shopping for school supplies! Even if you aren't heading back to school this Fall, seeing all of the stationery out in stores is definitely exciting. I almost always stock up on new pens, pencils, and notebooks each year - even if I don't necessarily need anything new (it's a bad habit 💁.) Aside from basic stationery, tech accessories are must haves for school. Phone batteries barely last a whole day and you definitely don't want to get stuck anywhere with a dead phone! 

Here are some of my top 'grown up' back to school supplies! 

What are your favourite school supplies?

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Athleisure Outfit Idea

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

2017 has definitely been the year of working out for me. I have always been mildly active (tennis being my activity of choice), but this year I really stepped it up. I really enjoy going to the gym and try to get a workout in at least 5 times a week. Since I spend so much time in the gym, I also spend a lot of time in athletic gear.

When shopping for athletic gear, I need to find clothing that is functional both in and outside of the gym. Being able to run errands and take a workout class in the same outfit is a major 🔑 because I don't always have the time to switch in and out of outfits. Enter the athleisure trend. I'm so glad athleisure has picked up steam this year because it's no longer difficult to find cute options. I've actually had to stop myself from buying more athleisure, as I'm running out of space to put it all! 

I generally like to wear pants with a lightweight top. I always carry a sweater and driving shoes (I cannot drive in running shoes!) with me as well.

Do you hit the gym or follow a workout program? What are your favourite athleisure brands?

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