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Last Call for #ASTJAX – Things You May Still Want or Need

Was anyone else just buying their luggage today? Oops.

Like many others surely did, I took the afternoon off to run errands, pack, and finalize all of my Convention must-haves and details. And to cronicle it in my usual  day before Convention post of do-not-forgets.

During my luggage-induced venture to the TJ Maxx on State Street downtown I stumbled across a few other items that I had on my running list of wants/needs. I am a big fan of Coola products and spotted a big bottle of their classic unscented, daily wear sunscreen. It’s normally $30, because of the organic ingredients and the fact that you can wear it daily on the low without smelling like a beach, but as you can see I scored my bottle for 50% off. I will be transferring a small portion into a travel bottle for Jacksonville tonight!

I also found a fantastic memory foam travel pillow for only $9.99, which I semi-impulse purchased under the rationale that this may help me sleep on both of my early morning flights to and from #ASTJAX, as I’m not really the world’s greatest flyer. A small cost for hopefully catching some Z’s on most of both flights.



Travel pillow tip: if you get one with the little buttons/clips/Velcro similar to mine, you can attach it  care-free to your luggage’s exterior instead of taking up valuable packing space!

With having a Monday to Friday office gig I keep almost all of my nicer shoes in my large drawer at work. That being said, I really had to think ahead so I wouldn’t be caught packing today with nothing but sneakers and flip-flops. I was sure to grab my nude heels and a nice (and oh-so-comfortable) pair of black wedge sandals, to mull over which I will be bringing later tonight.

Moral of this story? If your nice shoes are at work, don’t forget to bring them home before your last day! I’ve fallen victim to that a few too many times.


Want to participate in Joanna Barrett’s morning yoga sessions? I know I’ll be there on Friday and Saturday and finally found a nice, affordable, pair of Gaiam yoga socks for the occassion. I was also able to locate a good quality yoga towel by Gaiam for less than $20. I have a mat but given that I am only carrying on to #ASTJAX there was just no room for it; however, I now have a dedicated yoga towel for Convention and it can be used on top of my mat afterwards- win/win!

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I tweeted this one the other day, half as a tip to others and half as a reminder to pack mine, but a nice wristlet with pockets will go a long way. In year’s past I’ve gone from having my tote during the day to just a little clutch at night for dinner/events, and you won’t have to worry about swapping out cards, cash, etc. If you have a big enough one your phone will also fit – a one stop shop! Plus, Vera Bradley:

How are you packing your jewelry? It may be a little late to advise you to order a nice, affordable jewelry organizer from Amazon (less than $10!), so that is my bad. However, I saw a bunch of great ones at TJ Maxx and Burlington Coat Factory when I was shopping around those stores recently, might be worth a look if you need one.

A less expensive and likely already owned hack: ziplock baggies. I accidently bought a box of those no-zip ones that only fold and never use them for anything besides packing necklaces separately so they do not tangle. Give it a shot!

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Other Last Minute To-Do’s and Packables:

  • Nails/Manicure/Pedicure – pack the color you’re wearing in case of chips
  • Tide To Go pens
  • Bandages for those super cute/painful heels
  • Suncare products – sunscreen, aloe, etc. it will be 95+ most of the days, be safe!
  • Wrinkle release products
  • Any persciptions you take daily or may need

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I am almost fully packed and starting to see posts of sisters arriving in Jacksonville which is only going to make it that much harder to sleep tonight! My last piece of advice is to plug your phone in and set multiple alarms if that is your only alarm clock. Wouldn’t want you to end up stranded in your Boston hotel room an hour after your flight has taken off because your phone alarm failed – trust me, it’s no fun. 🙂

Safe travels!

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Exceptional Sisterhood #ast39conv
June 24, 2012, 1:21 am
Filed under: Convention 2012, Traveling

If you missed the educational sessions today you missed some pretty informative stuff! I learned a lot about the National Panhellenic Council and our organization’s National Council, both of which are packed with some very busy and dedicated ladies.

I also had the chance to help some of our big wigs, if you will, with a strategic “town hall”presentation on Growth & Retention. The members wrote answers to hypothetical questions and the facilitators encouraged delegates to think with limitless boundaries when developing our organization.

The evening brought us to the Yellow Rose Formal where we had  fantastic filet mignon with potatoes and greens kicked off by my new convention favorite- the sourdough and goat butter.

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I really enjoyed getting to see and hear about all of the awards and recipients, especially the chapters I had the pleasure of visiting and educating this semester! (Shout out to my Delta Upsilon and Phi gals out there…do work!)

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Hanging with the sistas at or candlelight dinner, nbd

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What’s up Epsilon Nu!! Missed you gals!

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View of the head table

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Photo credit is 100% Lauren! She’s so artsy 🙂

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It’s a little small but you can see Charlotte Floyd up there with Madam President honoring her for her tremendous contributions. How many people do you know who have served ANYTHING for 63 years, none the less her sorority as an alumna member alone. Truly impressive.

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Somewhat off topic, but a picture of the capital lit up at night! From the penthouse restaurant “Eagle’s Nest.”

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The new Educational Consultants and myself. I really can not explain to anyone just how much fun I had getting to know these ladies in the short time that we have worked together. To anyone that had the chance to connect this weekend, or will in the future at your chapter, with these gals- you are lucky. They have so much experience to contribute to our staff and chapters; its going to be an exceptional year! Keep in touch

taulove&mine


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Day 1 of Convention Shenanigans! #ast39conv
June 22, 2012, 12:27 am
Filed under: Convention 2012, National HQ, Traveling

So much to do in so little time!

Mostly this post is just going to consist of pictures of the boardroom and other shots of the whole delegation in attendance. The Galaxy S II takes some pretty sweet panoramic pics 🙂

Welcome to Convention!! My weekend all access pass:

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The stage while Allison sets up

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The delegation with Madam President presiding

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…the view from Chris’ eyes (very exclusive!)

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The Cosmopolitan Ballroom for Thursday night’s dinner

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Our phenomenal guest speaker Mari Ann Callais! Fun fact: her niece is a member of our Phi chapter in Louisiana!

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“Raise your hand if this is your first convention!”

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From Ritual to Reality. A very inspiring session for all members of three Greek community.

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Taus in their whites. We love ritual!

Don’t forget to buy some yellow rose appliques to give to sisters and friends while here in Indy, all the proceeds will go directly to the new Annual Fund we learned about this afternoon, you get a neat ribbon for your name tag, and they’re just plain fun!
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Check out Louisiana rolling in by the dozen in uniform!
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Have a fanTAUStic rest of the weekend! I leave you now with some rommie lovin’ 🙂

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Downtown Indy; The Calm Before The Storm
June 20, 2012, 11:01 pm
Filed under: Convention 2012, National HQ, Traveling

The Educational Consultants arrived at the Hyatt today and are all moved in for the rest of this weekend! Such a beautiful place too, I can’t wait for everyone to get to see our lovely Convention location!

Below are some pictures, mostly of our view and the hotel as well as some things right outside that we EC’s had fun with 🙂

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Yay Indy!
Let the games begin!

peace&love


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Sweet Home Indiana
June 19, 2012, 7:49 pm
Filed under: Convention 2012, National HQ, Traveling

After a 3 hour drive with no air conditioning in the 94° weather I’m back at the one and only Drury for the evening. Tomorrow we’re off to downtown Indianapolis for Convention preparation!

Pretty much nothing has changed, currently working the treadmill after a walk down the bad, yet endearing smelling stairwell and the front desk guy greeted me with a “back so soon?”

…even though it’s been 4 months. Should I be flattered or offended? Can’t decide.

Rooming with some of the new EC’s from Psi Chapter at James Madison, they’re cool and super excited to start their new jobs, very exciting for them!

I can’t wait to get to see all the sisters I’ve met along the way and meet even more this weekend at the big event!

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We meet again Drury 🙂


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Welcome to Potsdam!
May 9, 2012, 1:21 am
Filed under: Chapter Visits, Traveling

Sooo I’m a little bit behind here! However this was my last stop, so not terrrribly far behind. 🙂

This time I was in New York!

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Got in my VW Jetta and cruised to Potsdam!

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I just loved the scenery, upstate New York is so beautiful!

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The campus was also quite a looker itself

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The student center had some near felt banners for all the student orgs. Note- my sweet panoramic camera action caught the girl in the pink hoodie on get journey a few times.. Oops?

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I’m not really sure what these signs were about in the union though.. I can’t tell if I’m offended or subconsciously inspired?

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Some of the sights of the city on my journey:

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The Bagelry, stopped there for breakfast on my morning out of town, yummy!

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Little Italy, where I had my first and only slice of New York pizza. It was good, but I have to say, I’m a Chicago gal through and through!

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On my last day in New York I said goodbye to my last chapter visit, a great bunch of women for sure!

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peace&love

Convention 2012 or bust!!


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Chowan’a Visit Murfreesboro?
April 23, 2012, 12:07 am
Filed under: Chapter Visits, Traveling

Tucked away just below the border of Virginia in North Carolina is the well kept secret of Chowan University, home of the Delta Rho chapter of Alpha Sigma Tau. Quaint little campus of around 1,200 students.

During this leg of the trip I was given what some of us at headquarters would refer to as a rollerskate:

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FIAT!
And thanks to this experience I know I will never, ever own a Fiat.

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The Botanical Gardens, view from Norfolk Airport on my way to baggage claim.

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Such a pretty state!

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The executive committee and myself after Camp Tau

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The chapter made me a North CAREolina basket complete with seashells, sweet tea, mini John Deer tractor, and bug spray!

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…but in all reality, their note was pretty much the nicest and by far my favorite present in the basket 🙂

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Had to also take a picture with my roomies for the weekend, they were the nicest hostesses!

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Tori and Tara! Tara is actually from Illinois too, small world!

peace&love


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