December Faves

In a tiny amount of time, 2014 will roll over into 2015.  As in, there will never be another 2014.  Ever.  Terrifying, much?  Still, I'm glad a new year is going to be started. To me, a new year means new and exciting opportunities.  Who knows what could happen?
While the old year's still here, I'll share a few of my favorites from this month (see if you can find a color trend--it'll take about five seconds to notice!).


December Faves


1. Patagonia Vest:  I might've mentioned before that my school has a very relaxed dress code.  In fact, most people wear t-shirts for 75 percent of the week.  I try to limit my t-shirt wearing to less than 50 percent of the week, but there are still days where I really, really don't want to dress up.  This vest is a good way to look a little more put together, while in reality, it's still a t-shirt day.

2. Peplums:  Peplums are the rage everywhere.  In the city, at school, and even in pageants, peplums are a favorite.  They are one of the few trends that actually looks good on me, so if I spot one I really like, I'm going to try and get it.  I spent a bit of my Christmas money on this peplum, and I'm already dreaming about wearing it!

3. Tulle Skirts:  Okay, I know what you're thinking:  didn't you stop wearing tulle when you were five?  Yes, and no.  Tulle happens to be a component of many pageant dresses, so it's hard not to wear it.  Also, I've seen some adorable pins lately that feature tulle skirts.  They're so Audrey Hepburn-esque!

4.  Cute Pajamas:  I guess I need to step up my sleepwear game, considering all the adorable pj shots I saw on Instagram Christmas morning. How adorable are these vintage pajamas from J Crew?  Now all they need is a monogram...

Any last-minute faves you've had this month?

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Love,

Sticker Craze

The days after Christmas are always a bummer.  Sure, you're excited about all of your new goodies, but you aren't so excited about having to wait 364 days for Christmas to roll around again.  I've been trying to think of some cheerful things to get my mind off that fact.
You know what cheers me up?  Stickers.  If you look at almost any preppy girl's Instagram, you're bound to see a picture of her sticker-adorned laptop.  In my opinion, if it doesn't have a sticker on it, then it isn't really yours.
How To Receive Free Promo Stickers -- Prep For A Day


A lot of sites offer free promotional stickers, and all you have to do is ask!
You should start by sending an email to the company's customer service, and it should probably sound something like this:
"Hello, I just wanted to say that I love your products!  I wanted to ask if you offered any free promotional stickers to customers.  If so, my address is as follows: ______________
Thank you for your time!"
See?  It's as simple as that!  Some sites may take longer than others to respond, and other sites may simply send a link to an application form for stickers.  Still, I think that's much better than having to spend five dollars on a pack of three stickers. Geesh!
Listed below are some companies that offer free promotional stickers.  Head over now, and exchange the holiday blues for some cool stickers!
Vineyard Vines
Fraternity Collection
Southern Proper (customerservice@southernproper.com)
LL Bean
Southern Marsh
Southern Tide
Patagonia
The North Face
Chaco
Jadelynn Brooke

Love,

Christmas Dreaming

Giving is better than receiving.  We've all been told the sentiment since day one, and we tend to agree with it.
But we all know that it's fun to make out a Christmas wish list.  I usually ask for gift cards on my real Christmas list, but I secretly make out another list called the "In My Dreams" wish list.  In other words, it's stuff I want, but am probably never going to get unless I become a millionaire overnight.  Heya girl's gotta dreamright?


Christmas Dreaming




1. Kate Spade "Gramercy" Watch:  I actually really need a watch because the only one I currently own is black chevron, and that's kind of hard to wear on a daily basis. In reality I'll probably end up getting an inexpensive one from Target, but if I could afford to be choosey, I'd definitely go with a Kate Spade watch.  They're fancy without being so ornate that they can't be worn with more casual outfits.  Oh, the stacks I could make...

2. Bean Boots:  I've been dying to get a pair of these ever since I saw them on Pinterest. I think they're the perfect shoes to wear in the winter. Unfortunately, my mother thinks that they're some of the ugliest shoes and insists that I'll never wear them, so...I believe my chances of finding these under the tree are slim to none.

3. Lilly Pulitzer "Murfee" Scarf:  I'm all about neutrals (my closet pretty much consists of blacks, whites, and blues), especially for the winter, but sometimes I feel adventurous and want to add a pop of color into my wardrobe.  What better way than with one of these scarves?  In fact, if I could just have a $1,000 Lilly gift card for Christmas, I'd be the happiest girl in the world.

4. Tory Burch "Simone" Riding Boots:  These are the dream shoes for me, and probably tons of other girls out there .  Sadly, they don't come with such a dreamy price...

5. Kate Spade "Cedar Street Large Monday" Crossbody:  I typically prefer crossbodies because they're the most practical to carry around at school, and this one is to die for!  As always, Kate Spade purses are the best purses.

6. Hunter "Original Tall Gloss" Rain Boots:  Who wouldn't love them?

Any dream gifts you wish you could ask for this Christmas?


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Love,

Christmas Playlist

I love Christmas music.  I love it so much, in fact, that I start listening to the Christmas station in July.  I'm a sucker for the old choir songs.  There is something so gratifying about singing a Christmas song like that at the top of your lungs.  If you haven't done that yet, I suggest you try within the next five minutes.  You'll get my drift!

Christmas Classics and Carols -- Prep For A Day
1. "Hard Candy Christmas":  This one is a bit of a wild card.  I'll never know why I love this song so much, but there's something about it that makes me want to sing it for days on end.

2. "Joy To The World":  What could be happier than this song?  I love pretending to be in an opera while singing this, too!  Not sure which version to get?  My personal favorite is this one with David Archuleta!

3. "Away In A Manger":  At my first chorus concert ever, one of the solos was this song.  It was absolutely magical, and I've loved it ever since.  This version by Celtic Woman is beautiful.

4. "Carol of the Bells":  Has there ever been a person who could resist singing along to this song? I'm super excited to be singing this at my chorus concert in a few days, but honestly, my favorite version is the instrumental.

5. "Little Drummer Boy":  It's a family tradition for us to watch this movie every single year.  It never fails to make my mom sob her eyes out (which isn't such a bad thing).   The song is my favorite part of the entire movie.

6. "Do You Hear What I Hear?":  It's a glorious, triumphant song.  Never fails to put me in a better mood.

Do you have any favorite Christmas songs?

Love,

The Pros: Instagram Edition

If I ever am in dire need of inspiration, I have two resources:
Pinterest and (you guessed it) Instagram.  There are some really amazing professional style accounts out there.  Of course there are some newbies out there (*cough* @prepforaday *cough*) who have pretty cool accounts too.  Here are some of my favorite Instas:

1.  @Carly
Account:  @Carly -- Prep For A Day
Literally, goals.  Life goals, clothes goals, dog goals...
Her posts aren't just about fashion, either.  She has some wicked food shots in there...and her dog...oh her dog!  If you ever need inspiration, you'll definitely find it on her account (make sure to check out her blog too!).

2.  @PrepAvenue

Think Kate Spade reincarnated, with a little Lilly thrown in there too.  Her account is full of monograms, quotes, pink, and a just a little more pink.  Add in the fact that she has a lovely blog, and you should be sold!

3.  @_LaurenandEmery_
 Account:  @_LaurenandEmery_ -- Prep For A DayAccount:  @_LaurenandEmery_ -- Prep For A Day
What could be better than a wonderfully stylish, perfectly preppy girl?  Two. Lauren and Emery are pretty much perfect, and so is their account.  Did I mention they have a YouTube?

4.  @DanyellyMarie
Account:  @DanyellyMarie -- Prep For A Day
Let's just say that if you aren't talking happy, she doesn't want to talk.  She is super inspirational, and her style is on point!  Plus her YouTube channel is one of the best out there!

5.  @ExtraPetite
Account:  @ExtraPetite -- Prep For A Day
I have a special place in my heart for this account because I'm also petite, and I understand the struggle.  Even if you aren't petite, you'll love this account. Her style is impeccable!

As they say, check out the pros when you want to get rid of your woes!

Love,

Christmas Is Coming

The goose is getting fat!  Please do put a penny in the old man's hat...
Oh, sorry!  I was just getting lost in the memories from my fifth grade Christmas play.  I think we had to sing that about ten million times.
Christmas is, and has always been, my favorite time of year.  Everything is just so much...muchier.
Everyone's a little happier.  The old humdrum of everyday life has been replaced by this magical, Christmas-y atmosphere.  It's like being at Disney for a month.
Everyone has little traditions at Christmas.  Here's what's in store for my countdown to Christmas:

Day 1:  Start listening to Christmas music.  Actually, scratch that.  I started listening to the Christmas station in July.
Day 2:  Prepare that Christmas wishlist!
Day 3:  Plan my holiday look book (coming soon!).
Day 4:  Solo tryouts for my choir's Christmas Concert.
Day 5:  Try out new hot chocolate flavors.  I'm thinking carmel is a definite yes...
Day 6:  Christmas decorating!  This is probably my favorite part of the holidays.  We have such a schedule to everything.  Although I hate straightening out the branches on our tree, I love putting the ornaments on!  There's a story behind each one, and it's really cool to have that time to look back over them.
Day 7:  Recover from Christmas decorating.  Also, spin around and sing Christmas songs when I wake up and see how beautiful our house looks with all of the decorations.
Day 8:  Start watching different versions of "The Nutcracker" ballet on Netflix.  I love watching them dance en pointe.  It looks so easy but it's so impossible...
Day 9:  Watch "It's A Wonderful Life."
Day 10:  Start gift shopping for my lovely family, friends, dogs, etc.
Day 11:  Wish for a white Christmas.
Day 12:  Daydream about Christmas in Florida and start preparing thank-yous for my Sunshine state relatives.
Day 13:  Bake the first batch of cookies!  Such a yummy tradition.
Day 14:  Figure out that I am just as bad at gift wrapping as I was last year.
Day 15:  The Christmas Concert!
Day 16:  Listen to "Carol of the Bells" while preparing for exams...ugh.
Day 17:  Even more exams!  It makes me really miss those Christmas parties we used to have back in first grade...
Day 18:  Sing "12 Days of Christmas" until I can actually remember everything!
Day 19:  Dance around singing "Joy To The World" because it's Christmas break!
Day 20:  Last-minute candy run.  You can never have enough candy canes.
Day 21:  Watch "It's Christmas Time, Charlie Brown!" with my family.  It's an unbreakable tradition.
Day 22:  Begin the great holiday baking frenzy.  My favorite creation is coconut cake, hands down.
Day 23:  Wait, Christmas is the day after tomorrow?!?  Act like I'm ice skating while in reality I'm sliding around on our wood floors in socks.
Day 24:  It's Christmas EVE!  Sit under the tree and read good 'ol Christmas stories.  Watch all the Christmas classics (Rudolph, Frosty, Little Drummer Boy, etc.), but especially "Christmas Vacation." Basically all the best things about Christmas.
Day 25 (aka CHRISTMAS):  No explanation needed.

Lovely, right?  I'll be sure to share pictures of our Christmas-y house, and that look book's coming to you soon!  I might even put out some of our treasured recipes...

Any things you're doing for Christmas?

Love (a very excited),

November Faves

November just flew by, didn't it?  This month was super hectic, and I can only imagine what December will bring.  In fact, I get to kick off my December with an English poster presentation, a Biology test, and a History test all on the same day!  Let's just say I'm already missing November...

November Faves



1. Blanket Scarves:  If you get on Instagram for at least five seconds, you're bound to see one of these scarves.  I'm not a fan of the huge red and black ones, but this one from Kate Spade is a nice, soft neutral.  Hoping to see one in my future!

2. Ankle Booties:  Again, if you are ever on Instagram, you're bound to see someone wearing these.  I think they're absolutely perfect with a chambray shirt.  I've been searching everywhere for the perfect pair, and I think these scalloped ones from Jack Rogers hit the nail on the head.

3.  "1989" by Taylor Swift:  I love her so much more now that she's changed to pop.  "Shake It Off" was everyone's favorite (including mine), but after "Blank Space" was discovered, she bumped herself out of the top spot on the charts! Disclaimer:  listening to "Blank Space" may result in OSD, or Obsessive Song Disorder.  Unfortunately, no doctors are available at this time.

4. Tortoiseshell Watch:  Tortoiseshell is a very versatile fall-winter pattern, and this watch is a great way to incorporate it into everyday outfits.  In fact, I wouldn't mind painting the town tortoiseshell, if you know what I mean...

5. Kate Spade Maise Key Fob:  I love the purse too, but this key fob is just adorable (no wonder it's in the "Things We Love" collection).  I may or may not be inspired by my local Kate Spade store to want to use these as ornaments...

Any November faves you'd like to share?

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Love,

Thankful

Happy Turkey Day!
I love this holiday because a) you can eat like a pig and no one cares, and, more importantly, b) it's the one day where we constantly think about what we're thankful for.  It's so much easier to look at the negativity in our lives.  At least today we have a legitimate reason to think about the good things instead. If Thanksgiving happened every day, I think the world would be a lot better off attitude-wise (although we would all be considerably larger).
Things To Be Thankful For -- Prep For A Day
There are some little things I love appreciating today, like:
sleeping in
slippers
hot chocolate with extra marshmallows
the Christmas radio station
wind
my mom's homemade cranberry apple pie
our small dining table overflowing with food
my dogs watching everything being cooked
the kids laughing outside
not worrying about that poster for school
rolls with extra butter
 birds singing
the Thanksgiving Vineyard Vines Whale
long-distance phone calls from the relatives
fuzzy blankets
licking the spoon
being together.

Love,

My Hectic Week

Sorry I haven't posted in a bit, but I think my reason for not doing so is pretty self-explanatory (just look at the title).  Last week was a MAJORLY stressful yet fun week, and the rest of this week is going to be a repeat.  Brace yourself: you're going to have a picture overload!
Last week I got to visit Orlando because I had to crown my successor at the national pageant of the system I'm involved with.  The trip would've been a *tad* less stressful if my mom and I hadn't had to drive the entire way--it's about a nine hour trip.  Actually, I love road trips because I get to listen to music (one of my favorite pastimes), but after about four hours I'm pretty tired. And I'm not even the one driving!
We got to our hotel pretty late and got settled in our room (which is a completely different ordeal altogether).  I was exhausted and my mom was probably about to fall asleep standing up.  Then there was the problem of my toe which apparently was infected...to make a long story short, we ended up going to sleep around midnight. Ugh.
The next day was Saturday, and we had to be at the pageant venue around 6:30 PM. After doing some homework, I hopped in the car with my mom and we went to none other than...Downtown Disney!  I share the common opinion that Disney is the "most magical place on Earth" so I was like a kid in a candy store.  I was sort of bummed that we didn't really get to ride anything, but I still had a lot of fun shopping around.



Some of these displays are just amazing!  And I'm not just saying that because Belle's my favorite...

I even spotted some stylish pooches lying around in here...
I will admit that the most life-changing experience I had the entire time was my first visit to the Ghiradelli Soda Fountain (can I move in please).
Everyone's happy at Disney!

Sadly, then we had to leave and go get ready back at the hotel.  At about 6:30, I strolled into the parking lot wearing a full-length pageant gown, high heels, and a glitzy crown and sash.  Weird? Nah.

Signing autographs--I can check that off of my "Life Goals" checklist!
One of the things I love about pageants is the friendships that are made while competing.  I hadn't seen her in over a year, but when we saw each other again it was like only a day had passed.
Just some of my lovely sister queens...
...and the new National Junior Miss!  CONGRATS!
She's only my favorite triple-titleholder...

After some tearful farewells and hours of packing, we made the trip home.  I jumped right back into school (I just love me some makeup work) and all the other lovely comforts of home.
Then on Thursday I missed yet another day of school for Allstate Chorus auditions.  Not only was I auditioning, I was also helping run the auditions which somehow translates into having to wake up at 4:30...
Auditions were hectic as usual but I think I did a pretty good job.  Results are coming in a few weeks!
I loved hanging out with all of the other runners and my lovely old chorus teacher (and yes, that is her coffee cup on my head)!
Things on Friday were pretty normal, as you can see.
Yesterday I had a friend over and we had a Lord of the Rings-athon.  Then finally, FINALLY I got a good night's sleep.  Now I get to enjoy the companionship of Biology notes, Geometry homework, hot chocolate, and the thought of the hectic week ahead.

How was your week?

Love,

Veterans Day

Last year was my favorite Veterans Day ever.  I had the honor of being able to read an essay I'd written at my school's Veterans Day Program.  That's one thing I'd change about my high school:  I would like to have a Veterans Day Program.
The one at my junior high was amazing because students invited all the veterans they knew, and so we usually had almost one hundred show up each year.  It is so humbling and gratifying to see them all with their heads held high, a silent understanding passing between all of them.  I don't remember every word of my essay, but I do remember having to practice reading it many times. And not one of those times did I ever tear up, but when I finally read it in front of all of them, I did.  Not noticeably, but I felt something tug at my heart strings.  It was as if the rest of my school had disappeared, and it was just me and the veterans. I almost felt like I didn't really deserve to be reading to them. I mean, what do I know about fighting or serving?  How was I supposed to write an essay about something I really didn't understand?  After reading the last line of my essay, I looked up, and all of my fears went away.
After reading something in front of a crowd it is customary to say a "thank-you" before leaving the podium.  I did say a "thank-you" but if I am completely honest, it wasn't for the sake of the crowd. It was for the sake of those whom I was really reading to, present and gone.  I didn't thank them for listening to me, I thanked them for being there.  For having heads held high.  For having an undeniable courage in the face of danger.  For being a veteran.
And if you're wondering what the last line of my poem was, it was a quote that my teacher helped me find.  I think it sums up what we all think of today.
Veterans Day -- Prep For A Day

As President John F. Kennedy said about our veterans, "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."

Love,

Can't Stop This Music: Playlist No. 1

According to Victor Hugo, "Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent."
I love listening to music.  It's a great way for me to relax and get my mind off of all the day's woes.
This has been the month of uplifting pop songs and gorgeous show tunes.  Who knew Phantom and Taylor Swift went so well together?
Playlist feat. Taylor Swift and show tunes -- Prep For A Day

1. Shake It Off by Taylor Swift:  I know this is one of the most popular songs out there, and it's being played on the radio every other minute, but I don't really mind because I love this song.  It's very different from other Taylor Swift songs, and I really like the vibe it gives off.  Plus, it's so much fun to dance to what with that extremely catchy chorus and all!

2. I See Fire by Ed Sheeran:  If you read my last post, you figured out that I am a huge "Lord of the Rings" nerd.  Being that this song is from the soundtrack of a "Lord of the Rings" movie, I'm already going to love it (I think I get way too much entertainment from figuring out all of the secret metaphors and allusions in this song).  Add that in to the fact that it's sung by Ed Sheeran who has a voice like an angel, and you've got a pretty great song right there.

3. Little Lotte/ The Mirror from Phantom of the Opera:  All I have to say is: gorgeous.  The music is breathtaking and...words can't really describe it.  My favorite part comes right after the Phantom sings "Look at your face in the mirror/ I am there inside..."

4. The Point of No Return from Phantom of the Opera:  One word to describe this song:  intense.  Ever been singing in an opera written by your stalker/ Angel of Music and figured out that this same stalker/ Angel is the man onstage with you that is singing about your romance going "past the point of no return"?  No?  Well, just listening to the song gives you a feel for the experience.

5. Best Day of My Life by American Authors:  This song usually gets played on the radio every morning while I'm on my way to school, and talk about positive reinforcement.  It makes me want to actually attempt to look on the bright side of things.  What a concept.

Any songs you love listening to?

Love,

Embracing Originality: 30 Facts About Me

I've said it before and I'll say it again:  we're all just jumbled up mixtures of miscellaneous stuff.
Which, as it turns out, isn't such a bad thing.  If we were all the same, the world would be a pretty boring place.  A lot of the greatest inventions of our time wouldn't have been invented because no one would have been original enough to invent them!
Some of the greatest people in history were great simply because they thought out of the box and "did their own thing."  So strive to be the next genius by embracing that side of yourself that you might have mislabeled as "weird"--you really meant "original."
In accordance with the theme of originality, I'm going to be sharing a few facts about myself that are a bit odd (to me at least).  Sit back, pull up a chair, and get ready to laugh!
30 Unique Facts About Me -- Prep For A Day

  1. I know the lyrics to almost every hit song from the 70's because I've heard those songs since about the age of six-- my parents blast the 70's channel nonstop!
  2. I'm a huge Lord of the Rings nerd.  I'm literally in agony waiting for the last part of the Hobbit to come out in December!  Fellow nerds:  don't let the orcs get you down.
  3. I also love Harry Potter, so my dream is to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal one day.  
  4. How's it goin' bros!?  My new obsession:  Pewdiepie.
  5. I love watching people play horror games on YouTube.  Not sure why (I'm usually a huge chicken), but I'm betting it has to do with the fact that I can skip ahead to prepare myself for jump scares.
  6. I start listening to Christmas music in July.
  7. I love the FineBros channel on YouTube as well.  Elders React has to be my ultimate fave!
  8. I have my own spray tanning machine/ booth at home.
  9. I can't whistle.  I've tried, but it never seems to work out.
  10. I hate going to the nail salon.
  11. I think I've seen about eight versions of Jane Eyre in the past year.
  12. My favorite thing to read has always been mythology.  My dad loves that stuff too, and he trained me to be a total Greek nerd.
  13. I'm obsessed with Ramin Karimloo and Sierra Boggess (look.them.up.)!
  14. I can still wear kid sizes in shoes.
  15. Cotton candy is the best thing in the entire world (besides whipped cream).
  16. I always smell things before I eat them.  If they don't smell good, there's a good chance that they won't taste good either.
  17. I usually sing under my breath at the grocery store.
  18. I just got a smartphone a few months ago.  I transferred to the dark side.
  19. Bees and wasps never cease to scare me out of my wits.
  20. I hate square dancing even more than bees and wasps.
  21. Half of the music I listen to is show tunes.
  22. I love taking pictures of trees and nature especially when it's raining.
  23. I start drinking hot chocolate in July.
  24. I love to sit outside and read during thunder storms.
  25. Pet peeve:  when people over the age of five wear bows in their hair.
  26. I'm usually pretty quiet.  I tend to enjoy listening to conversations more than participating in them.
  27. I'd rather go to school than stay at home all day.  #nerd
  28. I can read a really good book for three hours straight.  
  29. Couples creep me out (sorry)!
  30. I rarely ever chew gum.
You're probably getting a very original picture in your head right now:  a teenager who reads books usually labeled as "old and boring," that is a huge nerd who listens to show tunes while balancing that with practicing walking in five-inch heels and being spray-tanned along with browsing the Lilly Pulitzer site and watching Pewdiepie.  Are you confused?  I don't blame you.  I am a very jumbled up mixture of extremely miscellaneous stuff, but that's why you love me.  Right?
Embrace your originality.  The world is full of rocks, but every once in a while a diamond comes along.  Don't be the diamond that didn't shine brightly enough (if that makes any sense whatsoever).

Love,

October Faves

AAAHHH!!!  It's almost November, guys! Where does all the time go anyways?
Soon it'll be winter, and Thanksgiving, and my most favorite time of all...Christmas (but let's not get too ahead of ourselves)!
While it's still October, here's a list of my favorite things from this month:

October Faves



1. Skirts:  The thing is, in junior high no one wore skirts unless it was a required dress-up day.  If you wore one on a regular day, everyone looked at you like you had three heads (junior high, oh junior high), so I haven't worn a skirt for the past four years. Then I got to high school, and everyone wears skirts (or pretty much anything else they want to wear...what a concept), and they're actually really cute!  I just got this one the other day, and I can't wait to style it!  

2. Burgundy:  I'm not exactly a person who looks good in red, which really stinks because my school's main color is crimson.  I've found, however, that I can actually look decent in burgundy, and now I'm loving that color!  Just imagine a burgundy sweater, jeans, white Converse...so fall.

3. Bows:  I've been really inspired by Kate Spade this month.  Probably because there's so much gold and it's just great for fall.  I'm also loving the bows, which is really ironic considering about a year ago I hated them.  I love these bow earrings and this bow sweatshirt, but here's a disclaimer:  I still refuse to wear a bow in my hair.

4. Painted Pumpkins:  I think for most people the highlight of October is, frankly, the very last day a.k.a. Halloween!  And one of the fundamental parts of Halloween is, of course, the pumpkins!   I've seen so many amazing painted pumpkins, from Lilly prints to monograms to Vineyard Vines to Monsters Inc... I think I'm going to do a painted pumpkin next year because I'm probably the worst carver ever, and I can't be that terrible at painting, right? Right??

5.  Candy Corn M&Ms:  These things are the bomb dot com.  'Nuff said.

6. Oversized Sweatshirts:  Sometimes I really, really, really don't feel like dressing up just so I can go to school and take three tests.  Since it's getting too cold to wear t-shirts, I've been shrouding myself in sweatshirts instead.  Add one to yoga pants and tennis shoes, and you've pretty much got my "lazy day uniform."

Any other faves from this month that you'd like to share?

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Love,

Current Reads

So, ever find yourself lazing around with absolutely nothing to do?  You know what you could do?
R-E-A-D!  (I'm very aware that I sound like a really annoying middle school teacher right now)
I'm sure for some of you reading is about #450 on your list of "Things I Do When I Get Bored Out of My Mind" list (right between taking practice standardized tests and watching documentaries). However, I think everyone needs to check out these books. Most of them aren't really new releases, but they're some of my favorites that I love re-reading on lazy, dull, boring fall days.

Current Reads

1.  Jane Eyre- Kill me for putting one of those AP English books up there, but this one has some pretty radical ideas and situations, especially considering the time period it was written. Plus, it's a die-hard ROMANCE ladies!  We can at least appreciate that aspect of it, right?

2.  All Things Bright and Beautiful- Especially recommended if you are going into a medical field!  My mom told me to get this book because I want to be a veterinarian (considering it is the memoirs of a veterinarian), and honestly, at first it was like reading a textbook.  After getting into it, though, I've really enjoyed it.  James Herriot is a pretty darn good guy.

3.  The One- The last installment of one of my favorite series.  Sort of like The Bachelorette except the girls are competing for the hand of the prince (who, by the way, is the greatest character ever).  This is the final stand: Prince Maxon is finally going to choose "the One!"

4.  A Voice in the Wind-  It really surprises me that a book we read in school turned out to be one of my favorite books I've ever read.  Set right around the time of the second diaspora, the book is the story of a Christian Jew, Hadassah, who is enslaved and taken to Rome after Jerusalem is destroyed. There her story becomes entwined with that of Marcus Valerian, the powerful (and very handsome) son of her owner, and Atretes, a Germanic warrior taken from his homelands to fight in the Colosseum.  Lovely ending, I must tell you.

5.  Cinder- Think Cinderella, except that her one of her stepsisters catches a deadly disease, her sidekick is an android instead of singing mice, there is a malevolent queen who lives on the moon (aka Luna) that wants to take over the entire Earth, and the heroine herself is a cyborg.  It's impossible to find a book more original than that.

Any suggestions for me?

Love,

Dog Days of Autumn

I think it's finally going to be fall.  Time for that bittersweet time of leaves dancing in the air and pumpkins everywhere (I should be a poet).  Today is a holiday, and I was feeling pretty cooped up in the house (and rather disgusted with myself because of all the Kit Kats I'd eaten), so I decided not to let this fall day go to waste.
One of my absolute favorite things to do is go for a walk.  I used to think just walking was pretty tedious, but once I started paying attention to what I was walking past, it got a lot more interesting. Even my little neighborhood can be an interesting place. Bringing along one of my favorite buddies made the walk even better.  I took a few pictures whilst out perambulating.  Enjoy!
Prep For A Day

Hmmm, did I mention that my best buddy also happens to have four legs and thinks he's a Great Dane?
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He really is the best thing in the entire world...and so photogenic.  
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He loves to go right up to the edge of the pond, and I'm really surprised that he's never jumped in before.  He also insists on going up to every drain to inspect for cats...
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*trying not to be dragged into the pond by Toby while taking selfie
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I'm the king of the pond!
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I'll admit, sometimes living in a small town isn't the greatest thing ever, but it's days like this where I don't envy the people in the city.

Love,

Thorougly Quotable

Let's face it:  life isn't always a box of chocolates.
There are times when it seems like life is purposely trying to throw every single loop in the world at you simultaneously. Those times usually make for a pretty stressed out you, which then leads to a frantic you, and then it only goes downhill from there.
Sometimes you just need some positive reinforcement.
Reworded a little differently, sometimes you need someone who knows just the right thing to say at just the right time.
I don't know about you, but there are some cases where that person is a little hard to find.  So what do you do?  You go on Pinterest, of course!  It's a horde of quotes and lessons, so you're bound to find at least five sayings that will improve your mood in one sitting.
In a bad mood now?  Here are some of my favorite pins for when I'm in a less-than stellar mood:

1. "Be brave, my darling.  You have faced dark times before and you're still here now."-- C.T.L.


2.  "It all fades away in the end."


3.  "God has not called you to 'fit in.'"--1 Peter 2:9


4.  "Give the gift of your absence to those who do not appreciate your presence."

Give the gift of your absence to those who do not appreciate your presence.
5.  "The meaning of life is to give life a meaning."


6.  "Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny."--C.S. Lewis


7.  "She needed a hero, so that's what she became."


8.  "When you do something beautiful and nobody noticed, do not be sad.  For the sun every morning is a beautiful spectacle and yet most of the audience still sleeps."--John Lennon


9.  "Once in a while, right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairy tale..."


10.  "'What if I fall?'
'Oh, my darling, what if you fly?'"


Hmmmm, maybe I could be a professional quote-hoarder when I get older...

Love,