My best friend’s fraternity formal – pictures, what I wore, & more!

Happy, Tuesday readers!

So this past weekend was action-packed with Greek life events, between my “Easy as ABC” Grab-a-Date (where I went as my favorite show – Duck Dynasty), best friend’s Delta Tau Delta formal, and going through Pi ceremony to become an alumni sister of Alpha Delta Pi. I don’t think I have ever needed a foot massage, my bed, and a Parks and Rec binge session more than I did right now!

If you avidly Sparkle and Shine, you’ll know that I always share posts about the formals, semi formals, and fancy date parties I attend. So without further ado, here are pictures from the Iota Mu chapter of Delta Tau Delta’s 2016 Bethany Ball!

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And of course, a saved Snapchat for good measure. I’m obsessed with the first filter that makes your skin look so smooth, so I had to save (and share) this selfie.-

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I ended up having only a 10 second story that night cause I was just too busy dancing the night away! As for my little’s Snapchat story, well, those were too embarrassing to share. (I’m totally regretting not taking a Snapchat selfie with the cute puppy filter!!)

Besides good friends, good music, and having a good time, I had an amazing time because I was in love with my dress. I felt like a Kardashian with the sleek, classic Little Black Dress that featured strong silver and gold embellishments.

I got it from my favorite store – Dressbarn! Many people I know expect this store to be full of soccer mom-like dresses or work clothes, but I have found everything from formal dresses to going out clothes at the store. Knowing I wanted a LBD for the Bethany Ball made it easier to search for during New Year’s Eve dress season, when the stores were overflowing with black dresses. After finding the dress I was in love with, then waiting for an after-NYE sale, I was able to get it for so cheap. BOOM! I then paired it with strappy black lace-up heels.

Stay tuned to see how to prep and decorate a fraternity cooler, as well as how I get my teeth as white and can be for all these big events without ever happening to leave my dorm room. Plus, make sure you don’t miss out on anything Sparkle and Shine by following along on both Instagram and Twitter!

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What I wore & how I was asked to a fraternity Christmas party

Ho, ho, ho readers!

Are you in the holiday spirit? I know that even with finals being right around the corner, I am makings sure that I am with Christmas music, candy canes, and holiday pajamas.

Right after giving gifts to those that I love, my favorite part of the holiday is the Christmas parties! I love the ugly sweaters, the red dresses, and decorative earrings.

Last week, my best friend and I went to his fraternity’s Christmas party and I wanted to share the look with you all:

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Dress: Red Lace Fit and Flare dress from DressbarnShoes: Embellished caged heel from Lane Bryant 

And weeks before the event even happened, Paul had asked me by surprising me with a festive stocking! Weeks earlier, I had asked him to my sorority semi formal with donuts. Here’s how he asked me, complete with a festive puppy stocking (since we call each other puppy):

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See mom, it looks like being on the naughty list for all of these years has finally paid off!

Do you have any Christmas parties coming up? What about ugly sweater parties? Share your looks with me down below!

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For the Kids

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Quinnipiac’s chapter of Delta Tau Delta held their philanthropy event Q-Thon, a dance marathon that is similar to that of Penn State’s Thon, this past weekend. Delt holds the event in honor of Connecticut’s Children Medical Center. This past Saturday, my Alpha Delta Pi sisters and I, helped Delta raise over $31,000 this year for the kids.

One of my favorite aspects of Greek Life at Quinnipiac is how philanthropic based it is, and how much other Greek organizations, as well as not affiliated groups, will join together to help raise money for charities. Alpha Delta Pi helped co-sponsor the event, and was able to sponsor Quinn, the beautiful little girl above in a tutu and princess pajamas. Quinn, age three, suffers from a tumor.

The brothers of Delta Tau Delta, sisters of Alpha Delta Pi, and the other participants not only go to dance…

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but got to play with the kids, as well!

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Besides Quinn, my heart fell in love with Shemar, the little boy that I danced for – and with  – that I talked about in this week’s My Monday Musts! 

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Though suffering from scoliosis, Shemar still managed to be one of the happiest kids I have ever met. He danced and ran around, told me that his favorite song was “Pleasure,” and was not afraid to talk to anyone and everyone. I will forever dance for Shemar.

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Every morning when I wake up and I’m going through my day, I think of beautiful Quinn and energetic Shemar. I danced for them at QThon and will always hold them close to my heart.

I can’t wait for the upcoming philanthropy events at Quinnipiac, including Alpha Delta Pi’s Diamond Dash.

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Readers, I want to not only remind you how important philanthropy is, but how important it is to be a philanthropist. Participating in something that will is much bigger than yourself is more rewarding than anything else in the world.

If you have the chance to do something like QThon, or any other philanthropic event, I challenge you to do it. You won’t regret. Especially when you can do it, For the Kids.

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