February Faves

February is not my favorite month, but this one wasn't half bad. From junking out on Valentine's Day candy to snow days, this month was just lovely. For now, I'm looking ahead to springtime and flowers and long field trips. I'm also facing makeup work, essays, and tests, but as we all know, life is a give and take.
Just checked the weather report--snow predicted for Wednesday. For once, I hope the weathermen are wrong about snow...

February Faves




1. Duolingo:  Because I'm probably the biggest nerd ever, learning a new language in my spare time sounds like a great idea.  This app was recommended to me by one of my friends, and I love it!  It separates words into sections, which makes it easier to learn and comprehend them. Fair warning: this app is a bit like math--stop practicing, and you're in trouble!
2. Lilly Pulitzer Spring Line:  I find that everyone starts looking forward to spring around this time of the year, and what better way to do that than to check out Lilly's new spring line?!  The prints are very beautiful (as always), and the bathing suits are to die for.  I think I dreamt about this dress last night...
3. Harry Potter Series:  This is not a newer find, and I've actually read part of the series before. For some reason, I could never get past the fourth book.  One day this month I just picked up the first book and started reading, and now I'm to Order of the Phoenix. Reading is actually very relaxing to me, and I definitely recommend this series if you've never read it!
4. Anthropologie Monogram Mugs:  I know, I know.  Everyone has one, they were probably pictured in everyone's "Christmas pictures," and I'm pretty late on jumping on the bandwagon. I just think these mugs are very sophisticated, and I would in no way try to post a picture of one on my Instagram.  At all.  Ever.  On the subject of Anthropologie kitchen utensils, I need this cookie jar. Late Christmas present, anyone?

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Any February faves you'd like to share?

Love,

Snow In The South?

You heard me--or rather, you saw me.  It actually started to snow in the South, and Alabama of all places!  We Alabamians might get a slight dusting every once in a while, but never more than an inch.
That's why, on the infrequent occasion that it does snow, everyone here goes crazy. School is canceled, roads are blocked, the shops close down...it's like an impromptu holiday!
I wasn't going to miss out on all the snow day shenanigans, believe me.  I took a few pictures while out frolicking (finally), and I hope you enjoy.  I apologize for the lack of "fashion pictures" but considering the way I looked, it's probably for the best.
Snow Day -- Prep For A Day
Snow Day -- Prep For A Day
Snow Day -- Prep For A Day
I love looking at the snow that hasn't been disturbed yet, like the snow in this field.  It's easy to imagine that you've stepped inside a postcard...
Snow Day -- Prep For A Day
Snow Day -- Prep For A Day
My dog loves the snow even more than I do!  Is burrowing around the yard with their noses a special dog ritual, or is it just my dog that does that?
Snow Day -- Prep For A Day
Snow Day -- Prep For A Day
Snow days are the perfect opportunities to test out artsy photographer skills, am I right?
Snow Day -- Prep For A Day
Snow Day -- Prep For A Day
"When you look down, all you see is dirt, so keep looking up."
Snow Day -- Prep For A Day
Snow Day -- Prep For A Day

If only my snowball-throwing skills were as good as my snow art skills...

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I hope you guys are having a good snow day (or non-snow day)!  Stay safe!

Love,

Life Is A Give and Take

This past week was, as far as weeks go, a pretty good one.  I was out of school Monday because of a holiday, and I was out of school Friday because of snow.  I was delayed at least two hours every other day.  Not that I despise school or anything, but I really didn't feel like going when it was about nine degrees outside (as opposed to the temperature in Kauai, which was positively balmy).

I had already planned out my entire three-day weekend:  on Friday I would start working on a new blog post (with time to frolic in the snow, of course);  on Saturday I would finish the blog post, post an update to Instagram, and then start working on the load of homework at the foot of my bed;  and then Sunday I would finish up any other homework. study for the three tests I had on Monday, and enjoy trying a new Italian restaurant with my family (though not in the same order).
I suppose since the week did not go according to plan, it was only fair that my three-day weekend did not follow the plan either.  I didn't expect a colossal amount of snow, but I had hoped for more than the .05 inches that we received.  Thus, any idea of frolicking in the snow was abandoned.
Life Is A Give and Take -- Prep For A Day

I did, however, get a great start on my blog post, and on Saturday I was typing hurriedly away. I might've even been finished before lunch!  I was down to the last sentence, and with one too many clicks of the wrong button, whoosh!  The entire post had been deleted, pictures and all. After trying an array of methods to try and recover the post, I finally accepted the fact that the post was not going to magically appear back on the screen (unless I completely re-typed the entire thing).  As you can probably guess, I didn't feel like blogging much after that.
In fact, I didn't feel like doing anything after that, and so I didn't make much of a dent in my load of homework.
That brings us up to the present.  The point of telling all of you about my fiasco of a weekend (besides proving that weather in the South can be annoying at times) is to prove that life is a give and take.  You miss an extra day of school, you receive an extra day's worth of homework. You delete the blog post that you worked on for hours, and you are inspired to write a different post instead.
Life is a roller coaster ride of good events and bad events and events you won't remember after a week.  One day is a cruise through good events, and the next is a downfall of bad ones. However, you have to remember that life isn't just good or bad, it's both.  That's why it's a smart idea to be able to cope with the bad that follows the good, and wait patiently for the good that follows the bad.

Although, just between us, I really hope the Italian restaurant visit goes well.

I hope you found this advice useful for your own fiascos and weekend disasters!

Love,

(Happy?) Valentine's Day

And the holiday most dreaded by singles strikes again!  I think I'm starting to see the bright side about this holiday, though.  Think about it:  this is one of the rare occasions that stuffing yourself with unhealthy foods is just "embracing the holiday spirit."  Plus, who doesn't love wearing pink everything?
(Happy?) Valentine's Day -- Prep For A Day
Via
Or, if you prefer, you can wear red everything.  The affect is still the same!
(Happy?) Valentine's Day -- Prep For A Day
Via
Look on the bright side, ladies:  there's always a few gentlemen left in the world...
(Happy?) Valentine's Day -- Prep For A Day
Via
Speaking of stuffing yourself with unhealthy foods...
(Happy?) Valentine's Day -- Prep For A Day
Cheer up singles (myself included).  There's always a bright side, even on Valentine's Day.

Love,

Take It From Audrey: Love Advice

Valentine's Day is probably my least favorite holiday.  Besides the chocolate and candy everywhere, there aren't many things to look forward to.  First of all, my dad's birthday happens to be the 14th as well, so that's always taken the top priority. Second of all, I dislike being around a ton of lovey dovey couples as much as the next person (sorry!).  It just feels...disconcerting.
However, I still love hearing about..love!  The timeless love stories and marriages that have lasted for fifty years--now that's love.  I may not be a love expert, but I happen to know a lovely lady who is: Audrey Hepburn, of course!
Everyone can learn a thing or two from Audrey about loving and liking and crushing. You name a situation, she's been in it.

1. Hold your own, and have high standards.
Audrey Hepburn Love Advice -- Prep For A Day
As Eliza Doolittle furiously explains to Professor Higgins, don't care for anyone who doesn't care for you.  Always love the one you can count on, and the one who has your back.  They may not be whom society would have you love, but you love them, and that's all that matters.  That being said, the person you believe you'll end up with may not be your guaranteed choice in the end...

2. Whatever you've been through, you are always capable of loving again.
Audrey Hepburn Love Advice -- Prep For A Day
Life is tough, and life is unfair.  Some people are more aware of this than others. It's much easier to give in to the grind, and turn your back on all things happy.  The easy way is almost never the right way, and eventually everyone has to face the world again. Love is waiting for you, but you have to cross the threshold first...

3. Look beyond convention, and find real beauty.
Audrey Hepburn Love Advice -- Prep For A Day
Not going to lie, everyone has dreamt of finding that perfect someone (who is extremely gorgeous and happens to be a movie star in his spare time).  Having those kinds of unrealistic standards is not only setting yourself up for failure, but also preventing you from seeing the perfect someone right in front of you. Be able to look past the stereotypes and the outward appearances, because true love is always buried somewhere deep within.

4. Not all crushes will be loves, and not all loves started out as crushes.
Audrey Hepburn Love Advice -- Prep For A Day
Picture this:  a girl has had an undeniable crush on the son of her employer since her childhood. When she becomes older, this man begins to return her feelings, and she is ecstatic.  However, she also meets another man that begins to fall in love with her, one she had never considered. This man might be the better match for her.  Which one does she pick?  In other words, not all crushes last, and not all lovers started out as high school sweethearts.

5. Some love may not last, but the memories it brings will never fade.
Audrey Hepburn Love Advice -- Prep For A Day
The sad truth about love is that, nine times out of ten, it doesn't last.  That doesn't mean you shouldn't pursue love.  Just because life doesn't last, doesn't mean that you should choose not to live, right?  If the love was real, the memories you associate with it will never fade, even until the end of your days. This is true for more than just romantic love. It is impossible to truly forget anyone that you ever loved.

I hope this semi-sappy post can give you some helpful advice.  You may not think I'm qualified to give this sort of advice, but Audrey certainly is!

Love (x3),