my secret hideaway: exposed

Good Thursday Mystical Beings!

I recently discovered the most wonderful place on Ball State’s otherwise dreary campus, thanks to my dearest Fletcher. It is especially relevant in this time of bitter cold and snow. Girlicorns do not deal well with sub-zero temperatures, trust me.

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen me post this picture of my secret hideaway:

If you don’t follow me on Instagram, SHAME. Are we even friends?

If it is just a horrible mistake that you aren’t following me, I’m @hannahgbishop.

I forgive you.

Ah yes, the greenhouse. The Orchid Greenhouse is nestled gracefully between the small but charming Christy Woods and the power plant. It is a little difficult to get to due to all the construction over by West Quad but it is SO worth it.


It may be cold outside, but inside the greenhouse is warm. Like, 78 degrees warm.

The greenhouse is divided into three rooms, the first of which has a Tropical Rainforest climate. AKA actual heaven. It comes complete with a turtle and various types of frogs.



I named the turtle Harry.

Fletch and I sat in this room on a bench for a good 45 minutes just being warm

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The next room is the biggest, and holds all of the flowers and plants you could ever imagine. The first thing you notice when you walk in is the smell, which is GLORIOUS.



Whoops, found another bench to sit on.

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It’s weird how out of touch we are with nature we are as human beings. Going to this place grounds you completely.


Again, it’s 78 degrees in this room.

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Also, there are more species of plant then you have ever seen in your entire life.


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One of the most interesting things I discovered were these small pieces of bark with individual plants on them, fastened onto a metal grate.

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Each piece is basically an entire world, on one piece of bark. They fascinate me.

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Now last but not least, we are back to this room.


My favorite room. They call this “The Cold Room” (63 degrees) and it mimics the environment of an Ethiopian Cloud Forest.


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Like actually though, I think fairies live in here.

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I used to be absolutely OBSESSED with fairies when I was little, and my childhood friend Sarah can definitely attest to that. I totally believed that they were real. I thought that one day I would discover them in the forest and they would take me to their kingdom.

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But just LOOK at that magical moss overlooking a small stream. Fairies must live here.

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They live in the tendrils of this hanging plant, for sure.


And this waterfall is definitely holding some secrets of it’s own.


If you’re looking for a relaxing trip to paradise here on Ball State’s campus, visit the Orchid Greenhouse. Also, bring cash, because they take donations!

They even have some volunteer opportunities if you’re looking for something to do with your extra time.

You’ll know where to find me.


Shout out to Fletch for being the best companion a Unicorn could ask for.

My next post will be very exciting, because I will be in DISNEY WORLD.

Glitter and Rainbows,

The Girlicorn

a little punk, a little schoolgirl.

Happy Monday magical creatures of the world!

I’m having just a COUPLE technical difficulties with the site at this point, so for now all of my posts will be on the home page. Hopefully things will be set up correctly soon all thanks to my majestic brother Reido.


This is one of my favorite, more eclectic looks.


The skirt was the real inspiration for this outfit which is funny, because GUESS WHAT.


I found it at Goodwill for $3. Thanks, Goodwill.


Also, thanks to Mandy Underwood for braving the very cold weather with me! She takes such beautiful pictures of me on staircases. Like this one.


The stairs were dirty and damp, my hands were gross.


These nikes are my actual favorite. I love wearing them with dressy outfits because it’s unexpected and fun and sporty.


One time, I wore this outfit and my friend Nate told me I looked like a punk rock schoolgirl. It made my day, so thanks Nate.


While wandering through downtown Muncie on this shoot, Mandy and I stumbled upon this cute little record shop. Of course, we entered.


The stock was incredible, but I didn’t see anything I needed.


And then I spotted it.


Styx, Great White Hope, $1.99.


I also like to pair a bold skirt with socks and flats or motorcycle boots. For a more casual look I like to pair it with a vintage tee and a topknot.

With a patterned skirt, especially in this bright of a shade, I keep the makeup really simple.

Thanks for reading this post, next one should be up by Thursday!

Glitter and Rainbows,

The Girlicorn



But really, thank you so much for clicking on this link. You must really love me. Or maybe you hate me, and are looking for blackmail material. Either way, thanks.

I am so excited to start this blog. It’s a whole new mode of communication for me. Not that I’ve never written anything before, because I have. I promise.

I’m guessing that some of you might be wondering about the title of my blog, Story of a Real Life Unicorn. Those closest to me know that I consider myself to be a unicorn. “Unicorns?” you might say, “Unicorns are not real.” Well, you aren’t wrong. Unicorns aren’t real–but, girlicorns are, and I am living proof.

Think about it this way: The world is full of horses. Horses are everywhere. Now unicorns, they are very rare creatures. The funny part is, they are ALMOST horses, but not quite. They have this little something extra, something special. Sometimes this special thing can be mistaken as weird, or ugly, or even scary. So, the unicorn never feels like it fits in. Is it a narwhal with legs? A skinny rhinoceros? Or perhaps a one horned goat?

This is me. I’ve never quite fit into one specific group–much like the unicorn. So I have decided that I must be a girlicorn: half unicorn, half girl. Not literally. Just in spirit.

I’ve been going on an incredible spiritual journey during 2015, and it has stirred all of the creative juices inside my head. I feel like this blog is going to be a magical way to let out all of my thoughts without imposing them on my very loving, beautiful, magnificent friends.

My blog will be organized in the categories you see in the bar above: Beauty, Closet and Lifestyle. Click around those pages to see more about what I’ll be posting in each category.

Seriously though guys, thank you so SO much for supporting me by reading this very first post. I knew I could count on you. Yes, you specifically.

I wish upon you only glitter and rainbows,

The Girlicorn