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,