Sending Greetings Made Simple with Paperless Post

Some claim the art of letter writing has been lost, but I think it’s merely changed forms. I love sending my friends letters, but because most of them are in college or recent graduates, their mailing addresses change frequently and it’s hard to keep up with them. You know what doesn’t often change? An email address.

Sending snail mail has been popularized again by Instagrammers sharing their letter decorating or hand lettering online, and by the recent Thinking of You Week, but online letters can be just as beautiful.

I teamed up with Paperless Post to send out graduation invitations in May, and I’m back to show you some of their unique designs for sending electronic letters, emails, fliers, and invitations! Paperless Post makes it easy to send a ~paperless~ letter to those you love, without the hassle of figuring out who still sells stamps.

The greeting cards offered by Paperless Post are not only unique, some of them are by your favorite designers! Who knew Kate Spade made e-cards? Well, now you do!

And for all those designers out there, you can upload your design to their website to create your very own e-card. Paperless Post also gives you the option to take your digital design and turn it into a real life card with the help of Paper Source if you find that digital hello’s just aren’t your thing after all.

Like I talked about in my graduation invitation post, I really enjoy Paperless Post because the animation gives you the feel of actually opening a card. Instead of what most e-cards do, where there’s a picture or a video for you to send, Paperless does it differently. When you send your card, your friend gets to see an envelope addressed to them, from you, with a Paperless stamp. The envelope is opened through the animation and your card is pulled out. As far as I’ve found, Paperless Post is the only e-card service that not only lets the sender customize the card and envelope, but allows the sender to cater the experience of opening the card towards the opener. Part of the joy of getting snail mail is actually opening the letter, and this isn’t lost here even though the whole transaction is online!

I picked out a card to send to my mom (hi Mom!). She and I share an affinity for funny greeting cards, and we almost always picked some up from local bookstores in Athens, GA when she visited me!

Dear Paperless Post, you are awesome sauce as well! Thanks for making sending greeting cards so easy!

All pictures are screenshots of Paperless Post‘s website and products. Images are not my own. Post was made in partnership with Paperless Post but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Facing Imposter Syndrome in Law School

Going into my first week of law school, a friend told me that I would feel like I didn’t belong for pretty much the entire first semester I was at Mercer Law. I brushed it off. I went from a small North Carolina high school to the University of Georgia knowing practically no one. I was the punk rock tomboy that decided to rush and joined Delta Gamma. I had been so far in over my head those first few weeks of undergrad that I didn’t think I’d ever make it back out. I’d practically written the book on not fitting in, so why should law school be any different. 

Flash forward to my fifth week here, and I understand what she means. I don’t belong here. I’m the science kid that always wanted to work with brains where everyone else studied political science. I can write, but I don’t know how to argue. I have a leg up because my father is an attorney, but I still feel lost. Everyone around me is so much smarter. So much more qualified. There’s always one person that gets those tough questions right, and it’s not always me. 

I didn’t think I would be the star student. In fact, I knew I wouldn’t be the star student. I hadn’t practiced critical thinking in so long. My undergrad experience focused on getting the right numbers and memorizing facts. I can regurgitate as flawlessly as a mother bird feeding her nestlings, but catching the prey myself? Forget it. 

I listen to all of the qualifications my classmates bring to the table. They think I’m brilliant because of my science background. I think they’re brilliant because they’re talking about the highlights of their undergraduate experiences or their early careers. There are mothers, some with three or more children, balancing school and home. I think they are superheroes. There’s a guy that has already held a job with the most prestigious law firm in Atlanta, and we all know he’s going to be the only 1L to get their internship. The people that have wanted this dream, wanted to be a lawyer, since their childhoods impress me always. I feel like a fluke compared to them. I am here because I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life. I like reading and writing, and I want to do that more, so I decided to take the LSAT the summer before my senior year of college and hurridly prepare all the applications. I planned on seeing what happened. I got in. I got a full ride. It felt like God was pushing me towards this career. It was like all the stars aligned and suddenly I had this path illuminated before me. And here I am, feeling like I don’t belong. 

This is what’s called “imposter syndrome.” I felt imposter syndrome before, during undergrad, but walking myself through all the work I put into achieving that dream or that role helped me unthink it. Here, I changed my entire life’s course in a sudden decision junior year of college. I studied hard in all of my classes. I took the LSAT twice to get the score I needed. I wrote for weeks to perfect my personal statement. But somehow that doesn’t feel enough. I don’t have a passion for law like my classmates do. Everyone around me knows that they want to work with the law, and they’ve known that for a long time. For some, they’ve known most of their lives. I know that I’m good at reading and writing. I know that I want more reading and writing in my life. I am also passionate about protecting and helping those that need it. So here I am. 

I’ve heard many parents and older friends say that to get through professional school you need to really be passionate about it. You have to really want it. I’m not saying I’m apathetic about my future. I don’t have a fire burning inside me. I don’t have an intangible force compelling me forward and into this career. I am here. I love my courses, genuinely. I understand what’s going on in class. I’m not the smartest, but I’m not the stupidest. I’m not the most driven. This is the first time in my life I haven’t been the most driven individual in the room. 

I feel like you either have to have a dream, a passion, or a drive to belong in law school. I don’t think what I want out of my future (simply because I don’t know for sure what I want out of my future) counts as either of those three things. I’m the odd one out; I don’t belong. Scratch that, I do belong here, I simply feel like I don’t. That’s why imposter syndrome is the worst thing to let get inside your head when getting a professional or a graduate degree.  

People say each person goes through their own vague imposter syndrome moment in law school. Usually, by the end of midterms, or finals, it goes away. I don’t know who I am right now, or what I stand for, but I’m 22 years old and what 22 year old really knows what their life’s purpose is going to be. I don’t know who Law School Bailey is yet, or what she’s passionate about, and I’m going to have to learn to be okay with that. Hopefully I’ll figure it out sooner, rather than later, but I know I’ll make a damn good lawyer one day and that’s what’s helping me put one foot in front of the other right now. 

What’s on My Radar

Law school work is quickly catching up on me. Here are a few things I found on the web this past week for some light reading:

A question I ask myself often – what happens when I’m no longer impressive for my age? Article from Man Repeller

A story about a ghostwriter and the truth behind an Instagram star (don’t we all wonder how they turn out?)

The Goldfinch came out last week. Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 25%. It was one of my favorite books of 2017.

I have a new place to visit: the world’s first cheese conveyor belt

And finally, an easy lunch recipe my friend made for me yesterday. Sun-dried Tomato and Basil Pinwheels from Minimalist Baker

Setting the Tone for Fall With Lancôme

Brands love jewel shades for fall, and Lancôme is no exception to that rule! Today I’ll be showing you how to create an everyday fall look with some of Lancôme’s new products with the help of Sephora and Influenster. I received these items complementary to test, review, and enter into a Sephora beauty contest.

Lancôme’s new Le Monochromatique for eyes, cheeks, and lips in the shade Haute Couture (retails at $25) reminds me of the ruby red maple trees locals look for in Appalachia come September. I used the product on my eyelids for this everyday fall look.

The product is very buildable, but also highly pigmented. I’d suggest doing some swatches on your arm to determine how much product you want on your brush and how much force you use when applying to get just the right shade. It took me a few tries to get it just right, but I found that using a lighter concealer on my lids and light application of a small amount of powder on the center of my lid and blending it out towards the corners of my eyes gave me a nice, although subtle, ruby color.

Lancôme also came out with a new mascara, which I also used to complete this look. The Monsieur Big waterproof mascara (retails at $25) is made without parabens, sulfates, and phthalates (chemicals commonly found in mascara), but still allows for 24 hour lash volume. The formula left my lashes feeling soft, instead of crunchy.

The only problem I have with this mascara is how big the brush is. I poked myself in the eye trying to get all of the smaller lashes covered. I’m not a makeup pro by any means, but I’m good enough to not have poked myself in the eye with a mascara wand since middle school. The brush is big and fluffy, which may work for some people, but for those of us with pesky smaller lashes or smaller eyes I would suggest using a smaller applicator.

At the end of the day, after taking all the makeup off, I use Lancôme’s Advanced Génifique Yeux Light-Pearl™ Eye Illuminator Youth Activating Concentrate (retails at $69) to help my eyes relax and get ready to do it all over again tomorrow. While I don’t need any help looking youthful (thanks 22!), I do love that the formula is cool on my skin and that it comes with a patented massage applicator. It’s definitely soothing after a long day of law school studies.

This is definitely going to be my staple look for fall. Not only is it super easy to throw on before class, it’s simple enough to be suitable for office wear. I wore it nearly every day last week, and for my last post about decorating my new room!

As I said before, I received these items complementary to test and review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.