BloggersBTS Week 3: DIY Gallery Wall Inspiration

Hi loves!

I’m so sorry I’ve been so lackluster with posting these past two weeks! Between summer classes ending, moving into our my house at school, I just haven’t had time to preplan any blog posts! One of my goals for this semester/next four months is to post 4-5 times a week! We’ll see how that goes but I’m definitely planning on using my extra day off each week to write posts for the coming week! Now onto today’s post which is apart of the Bloggers Back to School Series!

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I honestly can’t believe that it’s already week 3 of the BloggersBTS link up hosted by Cathleen & Nicole! This week’s theme is all about DIYs! Last year going into the dorms, I wanted to DIY everything from my wall decor to my mason jar pencil holders to little organizational tidbits in my bathroom and closet! Due to a lack of time and me just being a perfectionist, I decided to do things differently than I did last year. Instead of DIYing (making this a word!) everything except the bathroom sink, I decided to pick a key point in my room to DIY and thanks to Hobby Lobby and Pinterest, I decided DIYing a gallery wall in my room.

Since the gallery wall isn’t even close to being done, I decided to share some of the inspiration behind it. I’m a Pinterest addict to say the least and I based my entire room off of different room posts I’ve seen on Pinterest and even a You-tuber. Want to see more? Click here for more home decor ideas and inspiration on my Pinterest!


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I’m so excited to do a room tour for you loves! What are some of your DIY choices for this upcoming school year? Comment below and let me know!

Love, 

Saba

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Friday Five: Must Read Blogs

Hi Loves,

I decided to start my Friday Five series with the blogs and bloggers who inspired me to start Peonies in the Pacific! I actually wrote this post while sitting in the car with my mom driving from Home Goods to Target to Bed Bath and Beyond.

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As some of you may know, I have been following different bloggers for the several years and there are about 4ish blogs that I absolutely have to read every post.  Truthfully there aren’t going to be only 5 blogs on this post because I just keep adding more and more, hopefully you’ll forgive me for not doing the proper math. Here only some of the lovely gals that I consider some of my biggest blogging inspirations!

Carly from The College Prepster

Cathleen from Carrie Bradshaw Lied 

Krista from Covering The Bases 

Caitlin from Southern Curls and Pearls

Taylor from The Daily Tay 

Kate from A Lonestar State of Southern

Brighton from Brighton The Day

Katey from Chronicles of Frivolty

Everytime I look at this post or another blog on Bloglovin’ I get the urge to add more and more blogs to this list… It’s definitely going to grow as time goes on! Did I forget some of your favorites here or do you have a blog that you think I should follow? Comment links down below! I seriously LOVE finding new blogs to read!

Love,

Saba

Fall Semester Goals

Hi loves!

Now that summer classes are finally over, I decided it’s time to share my semester goals with you. The first thing I do every semester is write down my personal and academic goals. In the past I would add my “soccer goals” and now I finally get to add my blogging/social goals! I definitely learned a lot last year and honestly, I wouldn’t change freshman year for anything; but theres definitely A LOT i want/need to change.

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For the rest of the week, I am finally moving my stuff into my house right off campus! It’s definitely been a super stressful past 6 months figuring out a housing situation and the cheapest and easiest result was to get a house with some of my friends! Once we are settled in I’m planning on doing a room tour, if you want a house tour/how we organize things, please let me know! I’m desperately in need of new blog post ideas! Here are my fall semester goals!

Try to wake up early and eat breakfast daily

Blog 3-4 times a week

Declare my minor

Apply for study abroad in London

Join more clubs and organizations

Get an officer position in Tri Delta

Get at least a 3.4… Raise my GPA

Reach 1k monthly viewers on Peonies in the Pacific

Use my planner everyday and stay organized

Find an internship for this/next semester

Exercise 3 times a week

Connect with more bloggers and brands

Don’t procrastinate

Focus more on being genuinely happy & find my true friends

Hopefully I’ll be able to tackle at least half of these goals this semester. What are some of your goals?!? Leave a comment below!

Love 

Saba

#BloggersBTS: Desk Inspiration

Hi loves!

First off, I’m so sorry this week’s posting schedule is going to be slightly insane, I have the final for my calculus tomorrow and then I’m moving my stuff into my new house at Chapman on Thursday and Friday, so things are kind of crazy right now! I promise next week I’ll be back on track with posting!

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Today’s post is apart of the Blogger’s Back to School Link Up hosted by Cathleen and Nicole. This week’s theme is all about desks! As a lot of people may know, I seriously love everything to be nice and organized. I never realized how important keeping my desk neat and clean was until living in the dorms last year and I’m so thankful I was actually forced into sitting behind a desk and studying. Since I’m moving into my house at Chapman at the end of the week, I decided to start the week off with some desk/office/organization inspiration from my one true love, Pinterest. Want to see more? Check out my Office Inspiration board!

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What are some of your desk inspirations and/or dream offices? Comment below!

Love,

Saba

Sorority Recruitment Do’s and Don’ts!

No matter where you live or what school you go to, you probably know or have heard of someone who is in a sorority. If you an incoming freshman or just haven’t wanted to join a sorority until now, you are probably counting down the days for recruitment to start. This time last year, I was reading through all the Sorority Sugar and TSM articles while stalking Chapman’s sororities trying to see what house I could picture myself in (More on this later). Today, I decided to share with you some of my do’s and don’ts for sorority recruitment!

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Do: Trust the System

Your GammaChi/RhoGam/PiRho whatever your recruitment counselors are called will tell you this from day one. Recruitment is confusing and nobody understands how the mutual selection process works, its a known fact across college campuses. Even if you get dropped form your top houses, stick through it and see how you click with the other chapters. Thats what I did and I honestly couldn’t be more thankful and grateful to be in such an incredible sorority.

Don’t: Trust GreekRank or campus stereotypes

There are hundreds of rumors going around each campus about each sorority house and 99.999% of them aren’t even true. Trust yourself to determine your own views of each chapter to help you find the place you will call home.

Do: Be yourself

Insert some cheesy quote about being yourself. But seriously, be yourself during recruitment, if you act “fake” to get into a “top tier” house, chances are you eventually won’t be happy and end up dropping. Just be yourself and everyone will love you.

Dont: Don’t do things based off your friends

I’ve already said this once but I can’t stress it enough: go into recruitment with an open mind! Forget about what other people say and do just focus on yourself and what you want. Just because all your friends choose XYZ chapter doesn’t mean you have to join the same one, if you like ZXY better, then join that chapter! My best friend and I are in two completely different chapters, yet through it all we are still friends. This being said, on preference morning, look around the room at the other PNMs with you, could you see yourself being friends with these girls for the next four years? Thats honestly the best piece of advice I was given during recruitment and its by far the most important thing to consider.

Do: Ask Questions

Ask any questions you could think of, not just about the chapter but about the girls you talk to. This will help you get a better idea of the different girls you will soon call your sisters. Just don’t talk about the 4 B’s: booze, boys, bucks, (O)bama. When you are in line with other PNMs make sure to talk to them and see if you click with them, chances are these girls could end up being your sisters and you definitely want to click with them.

Dont: Skip breakfast

This may be a given but seriously don’t skip breakfast or bring some kind of protein bar with you! Recruitment days are LONG, and thats an understatement. Make sure to eat before the day starts and if you allowed to bring a purse or bag with you (we weren’t) put some protein bars or Cheez-Its in the bag, you never know how the food provided will be.

Do: Get excited

Whether you go to a huge school with 20 houses or a small school with only 6, get ready for the greatest experience of your life. Its a whirlwind of emotions but once the week or weekend is over you will get to call one chapter home!

I’m so excited for all the new PNMs to go through recruitment this year (#littleseason )! It’s my first year as an active so I remember all the emotions of recruitment like it was yesterday! Good Luck!

Love, Saba

College Applications Tips and Help

Hi Loves!

The Common Application, private school, and state school applications, love them or hate them, if your a high school senior, its your time to shine. This time two years ago, I was sitting in a coffee shop in San Diego with my older cousin working on my personal statement, stressing that I wasn’t going to finish before the craziness of senior year started. The due dates, amount of essays, and multiple types of applications are all so overwhelming. So today, I decided to share some of my tips  for staying organized during the craziness that is college application season and my apologies for this being such a length post.

 For you college juniors or seniors who need study tips for the ACT/SAT or help with any kind of college application  or essay, please please please don’t hesitate to email me. I tutor the seniors at my high school, and i would LOVE to help out my readers in any way possible. 

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Pick Schools

You’ve probably already done this but make a list of all the schools you are thinking of applying to (around 15 – 20 schools). From there pick the schools that you would actually want to attend; the general rule is pick 9 to 12 schools. 3/4 reach (higher scores than you but possible), 3/4 target (you are right in the range and want to go there), and 3/4 safety (you can easily get in and would go there if needed).  There are hundreds of websites to learn about more about the schools and scores needed. My absolute favorite website for college apps and information is College Data. You can make an account and they’ll even calculate your test scores and GPA to see what percentile you are in!

Note: Make a spreadsheet of all the schools and what you have done (Test Scores, Transcripts, LOR?, Fees). If anybody wants a super easy template for your applications, feel free to email me! I’m not able to upload a screenshot for whatever reason, or else I would. 

ACT & SAT

By now you should’ve already taken the ACT or SAT, once or twice. For rising juniors, you should take your choice in test at least twice during your junior year (beginning and end). If you still aren’t happy with your score or want to do better, take any of the September through November tests! Schools don’t require test scores until January, so take the test of your choice until you get the score you want, its not fun taking a 3 hour test but it is 100% worth it in the end.

Transcripts & Recommendation Letters

This is fairly easy. Figure out what schools want you to send your transcript and ask your school’s counselor how you can do it. Many teachers want you to ask for letters of rec at the end of junior year, some say to ask at the beginning of senior year. Pick two teachers (typically from your junior year) you look up to the most and could write a good recommendation for you.

Essays

The personal statement and individual essays are all things that you will have to write in the coming months. Start brainstorming, no admission counselor wants to read the same old story of how you got hurt and rebounded. The Common App has about 5 or 6 prompts for you to chose from along with your own story; be sure to start brainstorming ASAP. I wrote my personal statement about how I was born premature. Many schools ask what you want to major in and why you want to go to the school, be sure to brainstorm these questions too. Many schools already have their apps open or the questions are somewhat the same as last year

Deadlines

Be aware of deadlines. Use sticky notes, iCal, Google Calendar, your planner, etc. November 1, November 15, and January 15 are the three most common days in which applications are due. Make sure to have everything done and ready at least a week before applications are due in case the website glitches (it happens a lot).

After you hit submit

Believe in yourself and have faith. You haven’t spent the past 3 years of your life cramming those APUSH flashcards or learning the Pythagorum theorem for nothing. You have given it your absolute all and all there is to do is wait. The first application I sent was to Chapman and at the time I had no desire to go there but I was incredibly nervous. Stay confident in yourself and the decisions you have made.

Here are some of my tips for all the different parts of college applications, hope you enjoy! What are some of your tips or tricks for staying organized during the most hectic time of year? Also, please be sure to comment below or email me if you have any questions, I seriously LOVE writing/reading essays and reviewing applications! (Weird I know)

Love,

Saba

The Liebster Award

Hi loves!

This week has by far been one of the most stressful and just insane weeks from breaking my phone on Sunday to losing my cat on Wednesday, but I’ve done my absolute best to get a post up every day and I’m happy to say, I finally made it an entire week!

First off I want to give a HUGE thank you to Emma and Shelby for nominating me for my first blogging award, The Liebster. For those who haven’t heard of it, The Liebster is essentially an award/chain that’s given to recognize new bloggers! I’m so excited to receive this award and it honestly couldn’t come at a better timing with Gracie (my cat) and all.

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Here are the questions Emma and Shelby asked me to post***.

1. What motivated you to start a blog?

I’ve been on and off with blogging for the past 3 years. I either have just completely forgotten about it or been so busy I couldn’t keep up and would go weeks without posting something. After reading so many great blogs, I decided it was finally time to start my own. A week later, I’m so happy that I started and all the friends I’m already making.

2. What do you blog about?

Originally, I started this blog off as a life and style blog chronically my time through college. I’m still trying to figure out what exactly I’m going to blog about and what days I’ll be posting. So far, it’s pretty much been a college life and style blog. I plan on posting everything from style, food, college tips, sorority life, and even my true passion of soccer.

3. Best and worst blogging decisions?

The best blogging decision would be the fact that I have finally committed myself to working on my blog and not quitting after the first day. The worst decision is the fact that I have started three blogs and stopped the past two for pointless excuses. I’m happy to finally get this going and stick to it.

4. Why did you pick your blog name?

It honestly took me almost three hours to figure out what I wanted my blog name to be. Some of my favorite things are peonies, the ocean, soccer, and California. I wanted to incorporate all of those into a blog name which is virtually impossible. Since peonies are my favorite flower and the Pacific Ocean is right outside my window, I decided on Peonies in the Pacific.

5. What are some of your hobbies? 

I can go on for days. But some of my favorite hobbies are shopping, running, spending time with friends, Netflix, and now blogging.

6. Favorite movie and why?

I truthfully don’t have a favorite movie. I’ve seen so many different movies and t.v. shows throughout the past 19 years I can’t just pick one. Two movies that I can constantly watch no matter what are My Big Fat Greek Wedding and The Proposal. Oh and basically any cop/action movie. My Persian family is the PERFECT example of the family in My Big Fat Greek Wedding. My cousin is getting married next summer and of course my entire family in Michigan and California is constantly fighting and nobody can say “bundt cake” properly. I know every line in The Proposal and I have seen it at least 50 times, it never gets old Sandra Bullock is so incredible and I’m in love with Ryan Reynolds.

7. What is/was your favorite subject in school?

I’m a Business Administration major with minors in Pre-Law and Political Science. Throughout high school my favorite classes were business and history/politics, and to this day, nothing has changed.

8. What is your favorite quote?

I have a five page Word document on my computer with all my favorite quotes. The first one that comes to mind is by former US Women’s National Team forward, Alex Morgan, “Whatever brings you down, will eventually make you stronger.”

9. What is your biggest inspiration? 

Both my family and the USWNT are my biggest inspirations.

10. If you could talk to anybody in the world, who would it be?

There are actually three people I would talk to. As you could tell I have a slight soccer obsession, mainly the US Women’s National Team. Over the years, I’ve gotten to train with or meet several players. The one person I really want to meet and talk to is forward and legend Abby Wambach. I would also love to talk to Hillary Clinton and Taylor Swift.

11. Your dream job?

I get asked this question a lot. I honestly have absolutely no idea right now. I’m a business major with a pre law minor and I know I eventually want to go to Grad School or Law School. Either something in Human Resources or Social Media or become a lawyer, i have no idea. I know I want to move to the East Coast especially New York or Boston. Ask me in about a year what I want to do and I’ll tell you.

*** since I was nominated by both Emma and Shelby I decided to put together the questions they asked me.

Now I get to nominate some blogs!

Kendall from Beauty by Kendall Lynn

Darby from The Blogueuse

Sarah from Life with S.

Elisabeth from Tall And Preppy

Here are your questions!

Why did you start blogging?

Why did you chose that blog name?

What are some of your favorite blogs?

What do you blog about?

What is your biggest accomplishment?

What are your hobbies?

What is your favorite food?

What is your favorite show to binge on Netflix?

Favorite quote? Why?

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

If you want to read more about The Liebster Award read here.

Thanks again to Emma and Shelby for nominating me!

Love, Saba