Sunday Social

in , by RoyallyPink, 2:27 PM

I'm once again linking up with Neely and Ashley for Sunday Social :)

1. What do you miss most about being a kid?

I think I miss the carefreeness of childhood. There were no problems, I had not a care
in the world. My parents were still together, my grandpa was alive, it was a 
simpler time where the worries of the world were not my problem.

2. Did you have a nickname growing up?

I had a few; the usual shortening of my name like Bri or Bri-Bri which
are still used today but my dad had an unusual name for me. When I was
around eight or nine years old, my dad started calling me Martha
because he said that one morning I came out of my bedroom
in a long bath robe and my hair was a mess and I looked
like an old lady named Martha. Weird but cute.

3. What was your favorite thing to do at recess?

At my elementary school, our recess always consisted of us just standing
around because we weren't allowed to run around or play tag. We didn't have
a playground, we just would stand in the gym or parking lot. It was boring
so I guess my favorite part was seeing my friends that were in different grades
or different homeroom classes that I didn't seen during the day.

4. What did you want to be when you grew up?

My wants varied anywhere from a teacher to an actress to a psychiatrist. 
I changed my dream profession once a day back then.

5. What was your favorite toy?

BARBIES! Without a doubt, I was a girly girl and I loved my 
Barbie Dolls. They were my everything. I also ADORED
my American Girl doll, Molly. I took her everywhere, I treated
her like my child. I was even upset when her arm "broke" and I
had to send her to the American Girl hospital.

6. What is the funniest thing you did as a kid that your parents still remind you about?

Remember when you would log onto AOL and they would have 
advertisements to purchase cameras and other stuff like that?
Well, when I went onto my parents AOL account, I saw that 
ad. and I didn't know what it was so I clicked it and ordered 
a camera and something else(which I don't remember) and it got shipped
to my house. No one lets me live that down!
I was online shopping before I could even realize what I was doing.


It's Okay Thursday

in , by RoyallyPink, 5:39 PM
I'm linking up with Neely and Amber again today for "It's Okay Thursday!"



It's Okay....

-To need to talk to a counselor about your personal issues

-To be annoyed at people who are doing wrong

-To blog during class when your professor is talking about something that doesn't concern you

-To be really nervous to talk to someone new on the phone

-To think the new boy you met could be your future boyfriend

-To be really pissed that I'm going to miss Sarah Jessica Parker on Glee tonight

-To be overly excited for Recruitment next week!

-To be sorry that I haven't really blogged this week

-To want to stop reading "Prep" so I could read "The Casual Vacancy"

What's okay with you today?





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This isn't going to be an upbeat blog post, as much as it pains me to say that.

Today, my school got some terrible news; a sophomore boy died last night in his dorm. Now, there are rumors swirling about campus about a drug overdose and possible suicide but nonetheless, we lost a fellow Gael last night and it's terrible.

Campus was eerie today...it seemed that everyone was silent. Even if you didn't know him, you were still mourning. 

It's still a tragedy.

Everyone is dealing with it pretty rough, including myself. Death is a scary thing; one day someone is here and then suddenly, they aren't.

Suicide is an even scarier thing; it's happened in my family and it's just the worst feeling in the world, to know that someone couldn't seem to get over a road bump, a crossroad. It's horrible and sad to think that someone thought there was no other way out.

Like I said, my campus and the students have been in shock and awe the past few hours. There are counseling sessions, memorials, and all kinds of help going on for the next few days and it's just so heartbreaking.

Everyone says it but I feel like no one, including myself rarely listen...you should live life like it's your last day, life life to the fullest, take risks, say I love you, go out and have fun.

It's definitely easier said than done, especially someone like me who is so focused and determined to get her work done and then says it's okay to have a good time.

I'm not spontaneous, I do not live every day to the fullest and stuff like this really makes me wonder why.

I want to change my ways and be the person I want to be but life keeps getting in the way.

It's hard to keep a bright smile and outlook on life when you have so many other things on your mind. I'm always worrying about the little things and stressing myself out over things that I cannot change, or things that are miniscule. How do you stop that? How do you just live?

It's something that I've been struggling with a lot recently but I just don't have the answer.

Maybe all these terrible things are here to remind us that no matter what, no matter the papers or the tests or the responsibilities, we need to remember that we have only one life and we need to start living it.



RIP Will<3 You will be missed.




Sunday Social

in , by RoyallyPink, 5:53 PM
This is something new I'm going to try to keep up with every Sunday; I've seen a few other blogs, like A Complete Waste of Make-Up  do it and decided to link up with them! 

Every Sunday there is a new batch of questions to be answered that give more insight to the bloggers life.



Here's this week's questions:

1. What is something you have wanted to do but you're afraid? -- I think I'm afraid of a lot of things, getting an internship, finishing one of the many books I have half written, anything career related really. I'm only a junior in college but everyone around me is getting their acts together and I'm still just sitting here.

2. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? -- I would hope that I have a fabulous job at MTV, Glamour Magazine, or Entertainment Weekly, living in Manhattan or Brooklyn with a boy that I love. Hopefully it all works out!

3. What are you looking forward to before the end of 2012? -- There is so much coming up within the next few months, this is my favorite time of year! I can't wait for Recruitment to start next week, Homecoming in October, sorority e-board elections, my 20th birthday at the end of November, and Christmas :)

4. What are your hopes for this blog? -- My hopes are that people who come to the blog enjoy reading it, get some information that they didn't know, and just keep coming back to see what's new. I could go beyond that and say that hopefully this blog turns out to be something big but I like to keep my dreams in reach of where I could see them.

5. Do you always see yourself living in your current city or town? -- No, not really. I'm currently dorming in New Rochelle while attending Iona College but I don't really want to stay here. I could see myself living in my hometown just because it's comfortable but I don't think it's my ideal location. I never want to leave New York though, EVER! Expect if I move to London :)

6. What is your morning routine? -- It depends on the day but usually I just wake up, check all the social media sites, make my bed, brush my teeth, wash my face, apply makeup, get dressed, each breakfast, and head out to class, the library, a meeting..whatever is on the agenda for that day. 

Hopefully you enjoyed this Sunday Social...I definitely did :)


If you haven't noticed, I switched up the layout for my blog last night! Hopefully everyone likes it :)

 I really want to expand and make this blog wonderful for everyone who visits it.

I got the idea to do this blog from other lovely lady bloggers such as Carly from "The College Prepster" (The blogging queen), Carly from "Chicago Prepster" (one of my favs), and Lily from "It's Official"

I really admire their hard work and dedication to blogging; I thought it seemed easy but it's a lot more difficult than expected. To create different posts to go with the theme of your blog and then to find time to put it altogether..not to mention finding people to read it.. It's definitely not as easy as people think.

I really do enjoy blogging for myself but also for whoever reads it; it's a pretty cool concept.

I'm going to really step up my blogging game, trying to blog at least every day, and have a more eclectic (i love that word) kind of posts.

So please bare with me, stick around, and help me create the blog I want Royally Pink to be. 

I'm going to need your help though; spread the word on Royally Pink, comment and leave your thoughts. I want this blog to be FOR YOU GUYS! I want this to be one of your favorite blogs to go too, I know that's asking a lot but I really do enjoy doing this.

On that note, is there anything YOU want to see on the blog? Let me know and I will do my best to get it for you.

Thank you all for reading, for following, and for just being you :)


It's that time of the month again where I receive my greatest purchase ever...BIRCHBOX!

This time around, it took my Birchbox a little longer to get here because I'm away at school and the mail services here aren't that great.

I peeked before I got my box because I was just too excited; I love getting things in the mail and I just couldn't wait.

I think this might be my favorite Birchbox yet; I got a few products that I've been wanting and really glad I got this month.

Here's what I got:


1. Kate Spade New York twirl
2. Hollywood's Fashion Secret, Fashion Tape
3. Skin, An Apothecary Body Whip
4. Jour Matte Moisture Tint
5. Birchbox and Custom Color Custom Collection-Insta This
6. twistband Lace Up for Fall

My box also came with a $25 off $75 to Madwell and a Birchbox Magazine
which were two pleasant surprises.

I haven't tried everything in the box yet because I just received it yesterday 
but I just want to point out a few things:


-The Soy Body Whip is unlike any other body lotion or cream I've ever used. It smells
amazing and is really light, until you rub it into your skin where it gets all this moisture
and really hydrates your skin. It instantly changed the texture of my skin from dry
to completely smooth.

Even though the full price for a regular size on Birchbox.com is $27, I might splurge
when I run out of the sample and purchase the full size. It's the best lotion/cream
I've ever used.

- Kate Spade New York twirl has a really light, fruity scent which I love. It's not
too strong but not barely there; it's a perfect balance of both. I will definitely
be asking for the full size for my birthday or Christmas.

-YAY FOR TWISTBANDS! I was seriously going to order a full pack of them
because everyone has been getting them in their Birchboxes expect for me
and I was getting frustrated. My box only came with one but I don't care,
I am so excited to use it! I tried it out last night
and it held a pretty firm grip in my very thick, unruly hair so we'll see how this works out!

-We all know I have a sick nail-polish obsession so when I found out I was getting
a nail polish in this box, I legit freaked out. I'm really glad I got a color that is wearable
and not something I already have; Insta-This is a deep royal blue, perfect for fall.
Once my current nail color wears out or I get sick of it, I will be painting my nails with Insta-This
and let you know how it is!

Those are my top products in my Birchbox this month but everything is pretty wonderful.

I am so glad that I signed up for this, it's so nice to get a special treat every month for only $10
and to sample all the latest trends in beauty. If you have an extra 10 bucks
every month, definitely sign up for Birchbox, you will not regret it!




It's Okay Thursdays

in , by RoyallyPink, 11:39 PM
I'm going to try something new every Thursday. 

I stumbled upon this wonderful blog, A Complete Waste of Makeup and Neely (the incredible blog owner) does this little thing called "It's Okay Thursdays" where you just list
 the things that are okay to do.

It reminds me of Glamour Magazine's column, "Its OK" so I thought I'd start doing it...




It's okay...

-To Fib a little on your science lab to get out of class earlier

-To have a cheeseburger for lunch....and some pasta for dinner

-To be really pumped for the weekend and disregard some responsibilities

-To be a little scatter brained

-To be a little TOO excited for One Direction's new music video.


What's okay with you this Thursday?





I'm not a huge fan of the "Real Housewives" series on Bravo but I occasionally catch an episode here and there when my mom is watching it. I don't like what those women stand for and they are just pointless celebrities.

I may not like them but I do love one of their alumnae, Bethenny Frankel.

My love for Bethenny soars above and beyond; she is one of my role models. I think she is one of the smartest, most driven, incredible woman out there. She had an idea and ran with it; when things got tough, she never gave up and just kept going. 

Frankel is a true inspiration for me and I know a lot of other people feel the same.

My obsessive love for Bethenny is not what this blog is about; this is about her SkinnyGirl Care products.

I know that she has a line of cocktails and I knew she had some skincare products but I didn't know where to buy them.

I was in CVS one day a few weeks back and my roommate spotted a few of her products on the bottom shelf.

The adorable red packaging, the cute, clever logo--I needed to buy something and sample a little piece of Bethenny.

Therefore I bought SkinnyGirl Face & Body Cleansing Cloths. 



I immediately went home and washed my face with them and let me say, they are brilliant. 

They aren't too soapy when you wet them, just the perfect amount of cleanse. They have a great cucumber scent and really leave your face with that fresh, clean feeling. They're also perfect for taking off makeup at night--amazing!

They're made with Aloe and Cucumber along with some Chamomile to calm you down
and Willow Bark Extract.

I love that almost all her products are made with limited ingredients and they
are all natural or organic--a definite plus for the processed
world we live in.

I never really use face cleansing cloths because I always just use face-wash or my Neutrogena Wave Sonic but now I always reach for my SkinnyGirl Cleansing Cloths. I like the fact that I'm not touching my face with my hands but the cloth.

I never really branch out with new products, I like what I've always used and I usually just stick to it but now that I've tried these SkinnyGirl cloths, I want to try her other products as well.

Frankel has a lip scrub and a detoxing face mask that I've been eyeing and might have to pick up this weekend at CVS.

The products in the drugstores are very limited and looking at her website, there are so many other fun products I want to order and try like lip-glosses, night cremes, and tinted moisturizers.

Anything that Bethenny Frankel touches turns to pure gold and I really think that her SkinnyGirl Face and Body line is going to skyrocket and change the beauty world.




I've expressed my love for monograms before and I've definitely taken my affection to a whole different level.

Also like I've said before, I got my iPHONE 4s a few weeks ago (YAY) and I thought I needed to prep it up.

I've seen home button decals everywhere recently and I thought they were SO cute. Therefore, I needed to buy one. (I have a shopping problem).

I went on Etsy.com (my new obsession), looked around, and found the best decals from Dixieland Monograms, a company that I've had my eye on for a while!

They had a number of different colors and had the wonderful option of ordering a Greek Letter decal (which obviously I bought).

They were pretty cheap; I got 2 decals for $6. I got my monogram in a purple color and my Greek letters in a deep pink.

I can't technically show you my decals because one is on my phone already and the other you can't open till you're ready to use but you can go to their Etsy site and look at the pictures and all the colors they have to offer. 

I think my favorite thing about these stickers (besides how adorable they are) is the packaging! Dixieland really customized my order and made me feel special; it was such a delight to see my name written on the envelope containing my decals.


It really shows that they take pride in customer service and it really just
made my order that much more special.

On their website, Dixieland has SO much more to offer than decals; they seem
to have anything and everything monogrammed from hats to tumblers. 

For your inner sorority girl, they sell 
Lilly Pulitzer (LOVE) and have great items for Bid Day.

This is such a great company and I'm so happy with my iPHONE 
home button decals and I can't wait to order more goodies from them!





I am one of the biggest book worms ever. I LOVE to read and can always find comfort in the heart of a good book.

I will pretty much read anything if the plot sounds interesting enough and no matter what, if people are RAVING about a book, I need to get my hands on it.

I've been growing out of Young Adult novels lately and moving onto big girl books.

My first tackle at an adult-y book?

Beth Harbison's novel "There's Always Something There to Remind Me".



What an adorable, wonderful read!

The plot pretty much sounds like my life; a grown woman, Erin, is in a great relationship with a perfect man; she has a daughter, a job, a great life. Rick, Erin's boyfriend, finally pops the question and asks her to marry him.

The first thought in her head wasn't "YES" but her mind drifted to her old love, her first love, her teenage boyfriend, Nate.

And the story rolls from there.

Erin deals with these unkempt feelings for Nate while trying to plan a party for a bratty teenager and trying to not hurt Rick.

Erin is constantly at conflict with herself trying to figure out if what she had with Nate was puppy love or real, can't live without each other love. That is one of the main themes of the book; when do your feelings start becoming real? When can you trust yourself to know when love is real or when it's just "puppy love".

I LOVE that because it's something not a lot of people sit down and think about. When you're young you just kind of assume that what your feeling is real and then as you get older, you either agree or disagree with that younger version on yourself.

I really enjoyed the writing style Harbison has; it was simple but so full of emotion and detail. It was some of the best descriptive writing I've read in a while; I actually felt what Erin was feeling. It was beautiful.

There wasn't anything I didn't adore about this novel. It was perfect in more ways than one; it was very relatable because most women have that first, real love that never really leaves your heart.

Erin goes on a full circle journey to find her heart's true calling and it's beautiful.

I think this book has the potential to become the next romantic comedy to hit the big screens--that would be incredible but that's just my opinion, there hasn't been any talk about putting this on the silver screen.

I've been having trouble lately finding the perfect book and satisfy my need for a great read and I finally found it!

"There's Always Something There to Remind Me" is a truly great novel so go read it today!


I am a sorority girl through and through and I adore all things having to do with Greek life. Therefore, when I heard about the AMAZING Little Problems, I knew I had to be part of it, so for the past few weeks I've been OFFICIALLY part of the Little Problems team! 

YAY!





We have such a great group of girls working hard to spoil Littles everywhere!

Little Problems started off as a fun twitter account where the tweets are about the wonderful Big/Little relationship you have while in your sorority. 

For example: "Little, drink this..you'll like it" or "My big taught me if I don't have anything nice to say, just tell her".

It's SO fun.

But that's not all; the creator of Little Problems, took it to the next level and started selling merchandise.

We have a selection of cute tanks, koozies, and shot glasses and we are always working to create new items to sell!


It's not all just about sororities and cute clothing... we do everything we can to give back.

10% of every purchase goes straight to "Wounded Warriors" and we also send care packages to the troops.

Aside from supporting the troops, every month Little Problems chooses a philanthropy to donate some money too. Last month it was the National Kidney Foundation for all those precious Phi Sigma Sigma's out there (WOO!)

Altogether, Little Problems is such a wonderful thing to be part of and I feel so blessed to work with these girls and do our part to give back.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at briana.litprobs@gmail.com; also, if you want to order anything please email me and I'll be glad to help you!


Be Happy

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My favorite thing about my iPHONE or any smart phone for that matter are the number of apps that are available for your everyday use. 

It's so easy to access every bit of information, keep your life organized, or just occupy your time with thousands of different iPHONE apps.

I've only had my iPHONE for two weeks but I've explored the world of apps and I've fallen in love with a few.

1. Blackboard


If you're a college student, Blackboard is probably your best friend. All my teachers use Blackboard to post assignments, powerpoint presentations, class notes, and reminders about tests and papers due. It's really useful but kind of a hassle to always access a computer (especially if your school's internet connection is as weak as mine).

That's why I am BEYOND happy to say that Blackboard has an iPHONE app so you can access your homework and school related items anytime! I was so excited when I found that out.

2. The Daily Beast



As a journalism major, I need to keep up on my news, even if I don't like it. One of my journalism teachers introduced me to this lovely site last semester and ever since it's been my go-to source for news. 

There is SO much on the website and my favorite feature is "The Cheat Sheet" where the top news stories of the day are summarized for your reading pleasure.

I was so happy that they had an iPHONE app because it's not a well known news site but still it's great. The app is pretty simple with the different news sections separated but it's not as if they just took the website and put it on an app (I hate when they do that).

3. Pinterest



Pinterest is truly the greatest website to ever exist. My love for it is pretty excessive and now I can have it wherever I go. It's the perfect way to kill time no matter where you are. The app is very easy to use and I love having it. This is the best for a pinterest addict.

4. CatchNotes

I always like to have a note app on my phone (I don't like using the pre-installed note apps). CatchNotes is one that I just randomly downloaded to see what it was all about. It's definitely one of the greatest note apps ever. It keeps your note private and you can create a regular note, a checklist, and a note with a picture attached. 

My favorite part is probably the fact that you can create a reminder and have an alarm remind you to do whatever you need to do. It's such an amazing app to have and will be so useful to keep your life organized.

Aside from these apps, I obviously love Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter; the usual favorites. 

As an honorable mention, I want to say I love the TSM app (even if you have to pay $1.99) for it. Some of the posts  are really offensive but others are SO funny and scary true. If you're a sorority girl, this will give you a good laugh and sense of pride for your letters. 

Another honorable mention is the Etsy app. I've just recently discovered how wonderful Etsy is and it's a pleasure to have it on my iPHONE, at my fingertips for random browsing and maybe a few impulsive purchases.

There are SO many other great apps so next time you're bored, browse the app store and find your favorites!


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