It’s Over

Just like the title of one my favorite Roy Orbison songs… It’s Over. My freshman year of college is officially complete. I survived one out the supposedly four best years of my life. It flew by like a frisbee on an April afternoon.

Here’s a look on the past 9 months of my life.

One of my favorite parts about Tulsa is the coffee shops. Here was my first outing with the people who became some of my best friends. We called ourselves “The Sexy Six.”

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My next favorite memory was my very first Roommate Date. I convinced my date to wear these awesome reindeer ears. We also kinda matched. After iceskating I got a scar on my foot in the shape of heart. Needless to say, this moment will always be with me. 

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My floor, Imago Dei, was superb. For one of our first brother-sister wing events we played Bigger or Better. Yeah, we got a dryer.

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#Twapel was and will always be a great part of my ORU experience. My friend Kendal and I did a shout out to @TwapelCats one Friday. You can also see my lovely, experienced photo bomber of a friend, Jacob, in the background.

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My best Valentine’s Day to date (pun) was this year. Our brother wing sang to us and look at the Nerdy Peacock pillow my friend made me :)

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ORU worships nights were alway a great refresher. I sure do love my university!

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The year ended on a good note with the Imago Dei/Quest/Full Armor 2013 Banquet. I had a great date and great time with friends. I also decided I should probably take dance as an elective. :o

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That isn’t even close to how great my first year. ORU was wonderful. My friends were fantastic. And I can’t wait for sophomore year to begin!

RIP Freshman Year.

August 11, 2012 – May 5, 2013

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Ballerina Project

Something I have always loved is Ballerinas.

I love their feet.

Their lines.

Their movement and grace.

When I cam across the Ballerina Project I was enthralled.

Anyway, here is a video for you to enjoy.

You should check out their Facebook page here: Facebook.com/theballerinaproject and scroll through their amazing photos.

And… if that inspires you to become a ballerina, check out my aunt’s studio: dovedance.com

Dot Dot Dot | …

I recently watched a video on NY Times about Louis Vuitton’s new store decor and it’s inspiration: dots. You can check out the video here: Spot On

Anyway, it had me thinking about my personal love for all sorts of dots and geometric patterns in general. So now I will take you on a brief tour, via photo, to some of the dots that fill my day.

20120716-201803.jpgThis is my backpack that has served me well since my freshman year of high school. Now that I am off to college I will be saying goodbye :(

20120716-201904.jpgHere is some of the vintage fabric that I purchased and that will soon be on Etsy for purchase!

20120716-201931.jpgThis is an adorable retro-inspired apron that my mother in the process of making.

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The story behind this cat: The librarian at my school had a gorgeous glass cat that I have been wanting for a long time. Unfortunately, she got it as a gift I have not been able to find one like it. My best friend was able to find this kitty for me and it’s quite special to me. Best friends are, well, the best. :)

20120716-205352.jpgThis is my phone case. In case you can’t tell.

20120716-205410.jpgAs you know, one of my favorite brands is Fossil. I like to keep the packaging because it’s so darn cute!

20120716-205959.jpgLastly, this a painting I did in art my senior year. It was one of those, “oops, I forgot to bring a project and a canvas” days. After a little photo adjustment, I think it turned out cute.

Cheers! ~Leigha

In the Crook of a Steinway

Steinway & Sons My college auditions are over, and what a great experience they were. My first time to stand on a stage, in the crook of a Steinway & Sons Piano, singing Mozart and Quilter. I felt so at home, so in my niche, and so eager to do this as a career.

With singing, it’s alway been hard to decide if I wanted to do it as a career or just a hobby. When I was about twelve, this was the time that High School Musical became all the rage, I realized that singing was actually cool. I had always thought of it as the nerdy, artsy thing to do (which I am totally okay with now, not when you’re an awkward twelve). High School Musical changed the opinions of acne-faced pre-teens across America, and that changed me.

Yet, it wasn’t until about six months ago that I really committed to the degree, Vocal Performance that is. My parents will vouch when I say I am still not entirely sure. For now, however, I am entirely sure. There’s something different about this degree than any other degree I could see myself doing: aspiration. I have considered so many careers, but what I have realized is that none of them have an aspiration. Performance is something that I aspire to be the best I can be at. I sometimes do not want to perform because I don’t like presenting something that is not my full capability, unlike other things that I simply just want to do “good enough” on. I have a dream, a vision, and a goal. And I believe in it. I believe it so much that as I begin to think about the days when that dream comes to pass, I am overjoyed and almost begin to weep (which is rare for me, ha).

Aspiration is the key. You have to want to move forward. Some things stay east and west. But the greatest go north. Move forward. Dream big. And aspire to something greater than yourself, all while staying in the crook of a steinway.

Instagram and the iPhone

If you’re like most artistic people, almost everything you see, you try to imagine how it could make a great photograph, video, or craft. Anytime you see a unique tree or old building you wish you had a camera. For that, you have the iPhone, which takes beautiful pictures with the 4s’s new 8 megapixel camera. Photography captures emotions as it captures moments; there are some moments that videos just don’t cut it and Twitter just isn’t enough characters. This is were Instagram comes into play.

Instagram was created about 13 months ago for iPhone (or any iOS device) users to *instantly* share their photos with the world. Instagram is like Twitter for your photos. Of course, just like any social app, it has it’s downsides. Here is the good, bad, and ugly (and yes, we’re referring to photos).

The app allows anyone to share photos! This is great for all you photo enthusiast. However, Newbob’s Law still applies:  just because you use Instagram doesn’t make you a photographer.

From Instagram user @gulnara

You want to tell everyone about how you just got engaged! Well, most people don’t have time to read your three-status long story about it, and we don’t want  gushy details. We just want to see the significant other, and the ring. Plus, as we all know, a picture is worth 420 characters. Show us how you really feel.

From Instagram user @photooftheday

What about those adorable new shoes you want to share with your girlfriends? A lot of good telling us about them does. Share you’re outfit, new shoes, or that new book on a your new IKEA coffee table. Then, instantly share it with all your Twitter stalkers and Facebook Freddies. P.S. We do love the following shoes :D

From Instagram user @lovegramers

 

Instagram’s navigation could use some work and  it’s slightly creepy having people “Love” your pictures that don’t know you. But all-in-all, Instgram allows everyone to find the photographer in themselves. So, what the heck, follow us on Instgram:@NerdyPeacock.

Instagram tips coming soon!

What happened (to my dress) this summer?

So you have that adorable dress you bought this spring and now it’s fall. But don’t start cleaning up your summer wardrobe yet!!! You can still wear your spring and summer fashions in the fall, and no, you wont get frostbite.

• Leggings and tights are just about the best fashion accessory. Turn short-shorts to appropriate and dresses to winter wonderland. Adding tights to any dress adds color, personality and, yes, warmth. Go bold and contrast or stay soft and settle.

•Boots. Yes, we all know boots are warm, cozy and in style but pairing boots adds “chunk” and thickness that warms your toes and your look.

•And don’t forget that cardigan. Adding a sweater can keep your shoulders from shivering and give a fuller, layered look that adds to your summer-for-fall dress.

Here’s an example of a dress I absolutely adore that I couldn’t fall without: