BEING A PREP FOR A WEEK: 3/22/15 -- 3/28/15

Spring break.  Lovely, lovely spring break.  I appreciated the monotony of the days.  No obligations, no worries, no early mornings.  A time to relax, and to forget, for a brief time, the stress of life.

Don't be fooled by my carefree speech making;  I accomplished a thing or two this week.  For one, I finished Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows at last!  Having seen the movie countless times, the ending wasn't a surprise, but it was still worth being able to close the book.

I even worked out a few times!  By a few times, I mean one official time where I sat down and told myself I was going to start being healthier.  One is better than none!

Researching was another thing I needed to accomplish.  More about that later...

This week gave me the glorious amount of time needed to polish some things on the blog.  After frantically searching through different tutorials and looking at others' blogs, I think Prep For A Day is looking more professional than it ever was.  I'm still not 100 percent satisfied with every detail, but, knowing my perfectionism, it's not likely that I ever will be.

Working on the blog

Yesterday called for a lovely movie outing with the family.  Insurgent wasn't the best follow-up in the Divergent franchise, but it was decent.

OUTFIT: BEACHFUL THINKING

The calendar may proclaim that spring has arrived, but I beg to differ.  Until I see a yard full of green grass and a forest full of trees in bloom, I won't be embracing springtime.

Spring is my favorite season--not too hot, not too cold.  Everything's in bloom...

In the meantime, I've been flouncing around in my favorite find from Lilly Pulitzer. The sweater was purchased last summer, but sweaters and summer don't mix well.  The temperature and atmosphere outside made today the ideal occasion to wear it, and why pass up an opportunity from nature?

Lilly Pulitzer & White Jeans

J CREW FACTORY SPRING WISHLIST

I love websites that have a built-in wish list tool.  If you know anything about me, you know I love making lists.

I've been browsing J Crew Factory recently, and I've got to say that the new spring arrivals are "pretty darn cute."  So cute that the mere mention of them brings out the Southerner in me...

My own wish list items are below.  See if you can spot a color trend!

J.Crew Factory - Factory small jewelry trayJ.Crew Factory - Factory pleated short
J.Crew Factory - Factory printed linen-cotton mini skirtJ.Crew Factory - Factory printed tank dress
J.Crew Factory - Factory pleated ponte dress in stripeJ.Crew Factory - Factory embroidered crab cotton-linen sweater
J.Crew Factory - Factory geometric-trim tunicJ.Crew Factory - Factory COTTON -MODAL® layering tank in anchor
J.Crew Factory - Factory printed embroidered topJ.Crew Factory - Factory woven-back top in stripe
J.Crew Factory - Factory varsity-stripe teeJ.Crew Factory - Factory embroidered bird collector tee
Anchor Jewelry Tray -- Pleated Shorts -- Striped Skirt -- Striped Tank Dress
Pleated Ponte Dress -- Crab Sweater -- Geometric Trim Tunic -- Anchor Tank
Embroidered Top -- Woven Striped Top -- Short Sleeve Varsity-Stripe Tee
Embroidered Bird Tee

BEING A PREP FOR A WEEK: 3/15/15 -- 3/21/15

The end of this week deserved heralding trumpets and a serenade via angelical choir.  See, I made the faulty assumption that, because spring break was coming up, my teachers would make this last week easier on the brain.  Per usual, I'm not the best at predicting teacher logic.

From a huge math test to a poster to extra notes and nuances, my stress level was skyrocketing.  I spent most of my time trying to wrap my head around everything I needed to start working on.  I believe I wrote at least twenty lists this week alone.

However, everything went as well as I could have hoped for, and now I'm facing a full week of...making lists and looking over notes at home.  Wait, did I miss something?

Just kidding.  Even though I won't be traveling anywhere for spring break, I'll appreciate the long hours of running around with my dogs and watching old movies.

Lists Galore

Now, on to some of my favorite links from the past week:
What happens when one of my favorite bloggers visits the Opera Garnier...
A few YouTubers' ultra chic travel shots.

BEING A PREP FOR A WEEK: 3/8/15 -- 3/14/15

Since I've been running the blog for about five months now, I've decided to begin writing weekly posts about the details of my life.  In other words, what it's like being a prep for a week (did you see what I did there?).

I've been a little hesitant to begin writing updates like this because, to be frank, my life is not always a box of chocolates.  However, I personally enjoy reading posts like this, and writing them is very enjoyable as well.  I hope you, as a reader, are able to learn a little more about me, and I thoroughly hope you become fond of these posts.

This week wasn't that lovely, but I've had much worse.  Starting the week off with collecting makeup work surely didn't improve my stress level, but the field trip I attended on Tuesday made all of the stress worthwhile.

I'm a huge choir nerd, and Tuesday was one of the biggest occasions of the year:  the State Assessment. To avoid any confusion, this is just an opportunity for choirs to be judged on intonation, diction, discipline, sight reading abilities, etc.

I was also asked to help work in the sight reading room, along with some other people from school. Besides the incident with an extremely late pizza delivery service, I had a blast helping out behind the scenes (and I'm hoping I get the opportunity to do so until I graduate!).

Chorus Assessment Shenanigans

Unfortunately, I eventually had to re-enter the world of constant studying and projects that is school.

MY FAVORITE APPS

We certainly live in a tech-savvy world now.  Before I got a smartphone (yes, I actually survived a few teenage years without a phone in hand), I used to wonder what the big deal was.  Now that I have one, I find myself wanting to go back in time and whack myself in the head.

It's absolutely amazing to think that we all walk around carrying--basically--tiny computers.  But what good is a computer if you aren't using it to its full potential?

I've compiled a list of my favorite apps, some of which I use every single day.  Not just editing apps, or studying apps, but apps in general.  You might want to hop over to the app store after reading!

The Top Ten Apps To Have -- Prep For A Day

1. AntiVirus:  As I said above, your phone is sort of like a tiny computer.  Some people would rather buy items on their phones, and banking apps are becoming very popular.  It would be extremely bad if your phone was hacked or if it was infiltrated by a virus, especially with that sort of information being stored on the device.  Go ahead and err on the side of caution, and get a good protection software.

2. Pinterest:  This was a bit of a no-brainer for me.  If I'm ever bored at school or during lunch, I frequent this app more than is advisable.  I've also found that Pinterest is easiest to use as an app, rather than on the computer.  Definitely recommended.