June Faves

Strictly speaking, June is my favorite month.  Relaxing, swimming, sunshine--all of my favorite things rolled up into thirty days.  I know I'll be sad to see it go, but July will prove interesting.
While I can still say it's my birthday month, here's a list of the things I've been loving recently:
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1. Kate Spade 2016 Agendas:  Realistically, I'll be getting one of my school's planners (that map inside really does come in handy), but I just love the new Kate Spade agendas. They're simple but quirky, which is what makes them such a hit.  My personal favorite is the classic striped planner.

2. Travel Bags:  Strike that.  I've just been fancying travel itself.  While I'm living vicariously through others' summer vacations, it helps to to keep some cute cosmetic cases in mind, just in case I ever did venture on said summer vacations.

3. Macarons:  I've seen so many pictures of  Laudree and macarons piled to the ceiling, that I'm actually going to attempt to make these French pastries.  For now, I'm content with looking at all of those Pinterest-worthy shots of them...

4. Quirky Mugs:  The only beverage I ever drink in a mug is hot chocolate, and considering the summertime temperatures in Alabama, drinking some really isn't the best idea.  However, if I did, I'd definitely want to be drinking out of a cute mug;  this mug might also be the subject of a few Instagram pictures...

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

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Being A Prep For A Week: 6/21/15 -- 6/27/15

I learned many things this week.  Believe it or not, the majority of them were more important than the word problem strategy I figured out.
First of all, I learned that I should've started watching I Love Lucy about six weeks ago, because now I'm probably not going to finish every episode by the end of summer. That's going to bother me.
I Love Lucy cast photo - Best show of all time and still running! So strange to see scenes from the show in color

Second of all, I learned that my preferred style of home would have all-white interiors. When I say all-white, I mean all-white.
Beach living room - Lacefield Designs Casablanca Midnight ikat pillow Better Homes and Gardens #lacefielddesigns #ikat

Third of all, I learned that life can throw punches at the most unsuspecting of times. That doesn't mean life is evil;  it simply means that life isn't perfect.
Iceland. My all-time most wanted to visit place in the world. Honeymoon destination??

Lastly, I learned that God usually answers our prayers;  He'll answer them on His schedule, however, and not our own.  I've been praying for peace in a restless time, and He was the only one who could've given it to me--and He did.
5 Tips for Praying with Your Children      1. Plan Your Prayer Time    2. Take Advantage of Impromptu Prayer Opportunities    3. Make a List of Things You Can Pray For  4. Discuss Answers to Prayers    5. Teach Your Child to Incorporate Scripture into Their Prayers

Now, if you'll excuse me, I must go back to algebra and I Love Lucy.  There are still things that need to be learned.

How was your week?


Outfit: Simple Summer Uniform (Collab)

I've stated before that my typical summer outfit usually consists of a t-shirt, shorts, and some good tennis shoes (if I'm wearing shoes, that is);  however, there are times when the comfort of the clothing just doesn't make up for the lack of style and cohesiveness of the outfit.
That's why I, along with my friends from Chic in Carolina and Polished and Pumped, have brainstormed to create the perfect summer uniform--minus the tennis shoes and Nike shorts.
It's an outfit that looks seemingly put-together--and yet, it's as effortless as throwing on a t-shirt!
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These shorts--however non-athletic-- are perfect for strolling around in the summer sun.  Believe me, if you can find a pair of shorts that fit really well, you'll always want to wear them.

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There's nothing better than finding a shirt that has the style of a blouse and the comfort of a night shirt.  Besides, I couldn't resist the crystal pleats.

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When it comes to the shoes, I still believe comfort is key, but that doesn't necessarily mean we have to opt for running shoes or Chaco's.  

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Need extra outfit inspiration?  Be sure to check out the posts from Katie and Jessica!

What's your summer uniform?


Aisle Style

I was never the little girl who sat around and proactively planned out her wedding, nearly twenty or so years before it would happen.
Now I have a faint idea of what I want, but that idea is very subject to change.
Comically enough, the one aspect I'm the most confused about is the dress.  I really haven't a clue about what my dress should look like;  the only things I'm absolutely certain about are the color (must be white or some variation of) and the length (must touch the floor).
Aisle Style is one of the leading online wedding dress retailers in the world, and when they requested that I check out the page, I was happy to oblige.  Maybe I can finally figure out the dress question...
Sexy Trumpet/Mermaid Strapless Buttons Sweep/Brush Train Lace Wedding Dresses _1
Exquisite Trumpet/Mermaid Strapless Beading Lace Sweep/Brush Train Tulle Wedding Dresses _1
Charming A-line Strapless Hand Made Flowers Sweep/Brush Train Tulle Wedding Dresses _1
Sleeveless V-neck A-line Zipper Natural Bridesmaid Dresses_1
Did I mention that they also sell bridesmaid dresses?  Did I mention that I really haven't a clue about those either?

So, to the girls who have it all planned out, and to those who haven't the slightest idea: go get some inspiration!

A big thanks to Aisle Style for sponsoring this post!


Why My Dad Deserves His Own Day

Do you remember the old saying, "A father is a daughter's first love"?
It wouldn't be strewn across the Internet if it didn't have some truth in it.  There's a reason that most women want to marry a man who reminds them of their fathers.
My dad and I have a relationship which is totally unique from any other.  We have the same sense of humor, the same taste in food (for the most part), the same people skills...
Most of all, he makes me the person I am today.
Father and daughter fun...inspiration for Vincent and Cassia.  :)

He's spontaneous.
One of the only reasons I get through school mornings is because he's there, randomly breaking into song and dance.  This may sound odd, but in our family, it's a tradition.

He's always willing to talk.
Come tennis matches or job stress or high rain, my dad has always been able to sit down and talk with me.  Sometimes it's to help me with math homework, and sometimes it's to talk about college or the newest movies.  Whatever the topic is, he can always make time for me--and that's something I've really come to appreciate.

He makes me laugh every single day.
My mom and I are both pretty serious, and we tend to get stressed easily.  My dad completely balances us out with his jokes and laughs.  Even when I'm devastated and crying, he can somehow make me laugh.  Without him, I know I'd be less happy from day to day.

To all the fathers out there:  Buona festa del papa.
And dad, if you're reading this, finger roll.


Being A Prep For A Week: 6/14/15 -- 6/20/15

This week was pretty hectic (no surprise there), mainly because I seem to delight in making things more complicated for myself.  Here's a snapshot of my daily routine:
1.  Wake up at seven and eat breakfast.
2.  Complete some of my online courses (at least two math courses and one other course).
3.  Finish taking notes on at least one chapter of my ACT prep guide.
4.  Read at least half of a chapter of my Driver License Manual and study for my lovely permit test.
5.  Eat lunch and ponder about what else I should do.
6.  Practice breathing and vowels (it's a vocal thing).
7.  Review some things on Quizlet.
8.  Practice my Italian and French courses on Duolingo (my favorite app in the entire world).
9.  Start working on miscellaneous things for the blog.
10.  Go swimming (if there's any time left in the day).
11.  Make a list of all of the things that need to be done the next day.

Eesh!  Even I know a girl's got to take a break every now and then, and Monday was the perfect opportunity, being my birthday and all.
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After going shopping, my family and I ate dinner at Pappadeaux's, which is a restaurant you must check out if at all possible.  The seafood was fresh, and the desserts, oh the desserts!
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Other than that, I've been watching I Love Lucy on repeat, and trying desperately to find more old movies to watch.  Typical behavior, coming from me.

How was your week?


Sherry London Giveaway

It may seem as though I'm opposed to the idea of rhinestones and sequins, but this couldn't be further from the truth.  It is impossible to be involved in pageantry without seeing an excess of sparkly evening gowns and cocktail dresses!
Sherry London is a dress shop based in the UK.  From evening dresses to homecoming dresses and more, this shop has it all--and for seemingly affordable prices.
A-line Chiffon Zipper Floor-length Sweetheart Long Prom Dresses-1
The shop is planning to give away a beautiful black cocktail dress to one lucky winner.
All the information you need to enter the giveaway is below--because honestly, one can never have too large a supply of dresses...

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A big thanks to Sherry London for sponsoring this post!

Good luck!



Do you remember that old Taylor Swift song?  I used to play it nonstop;  I knew all of the lyrics by heart, except I didn't really understand what they meant.
Now that I'm fifteen, I can fully appreciate how easy it is to relate to that song.
Turning fifteen means getting your permit, driving around, and getting that much closer to being an adult, right?  It's not quite that simple.
I don't feel fifteen on the inside, and my physical features portray me as a thirteen-year-old.  In some ways, I act as though I'm in college--most teens don't want to study constantly-- and in others, I'm still a little girl trying to figure out how this world works.
Sometimes I miss being that little girl.  I envy her freedom.  Sometimes I long to be that college student who has everything before her.  Mostly, I yearn to find out what life has in store for me.
I won't be finding out every detail anytime soon, and for now, I'm in this phase of life for good.
Who knows?  Perhaps fifteen will be the best year yet.

Flamingos on Pink Stretched Canvas

After all, age is but a number.


Being A Prep For A Week: 6/7/15 -- 6/13/15

I got out for summer a few weeks ago, but it didn't really begin until this week.  This week, things began to happen.
The most exciting occurrence had to be starting my online class.  Most people would rather jump off of a cliff than take an extra course, but I like keeping my brain active.  I also started the French course in Duolingo (best app ever);  however, it's going to be a while before I can attempt to actually pronounce any of the words.  In two days I'll be turning a year older, getting my permit, and truly starting off this summer.  Wish me luck!


Now, on to some of my favorite links from the past week:
A new Netflix miniseries that historical fiction fans will love watching
A compelling article about a photographer, his two huskies, and walking on water
A blogger's list of the most useful French phrases for living in France

How was your week?


Northern Lakes

Frankly, my summer wardrobe consists of 10 percent dresses and skirts, 30 percent nice tops, and 60 percent t-shirts and shorts.  Comfortable clothing is essential for all the stress-free days yet to come.
Luckily, I've found the newest supplier of all the comfiest clothing staples:  Northern Lakes.  This Chicago-based shop combines southern charm with coastal details to manufacture the preppy items we all know and love:  t-shirts and baseball caps, to name a few.
I am personally drawn to Northern Lakes because a) it was started by two high schoolers, which is unreal, b) all of the clothing is made right in the USA, and c) I'm starting to realize that I'm in need of one of those baseball caps...
Image of The Beach Shirt

Image of The Beach Shirt
You can't go wrong with a classic color palette.

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See what I meant about the caps?

Unique, nautical, humble--what more could you ask for?
Be sure to stay tuned for the American-themed collection that's coming out in July!


The Times Tumblr Made My Day

I love Pinterest just as much as the next blogger, but lately my screen has been fastened on Tumblr.
To me, Tumblr is like the art gallery of all the pictures that speak to my inner artist.  It's odd how enjoyable it is to simply sit around and look at pictures all day!

1. I've always wanted a dog that's as tall as I am...


2. And I can't resist a play on words...

my ms paint skills

3. If I could wake up to a view like this, I'd wake up at dawn every morning.


4. Having a life motto is very important.

It’s important to have goals. 
#livecolorfully #blooms #pinkandblue #katespadeny  (at Centro Di Firenze)

5. If C.S. Lewis said it, it's got to be worth remembering.


6. The hydrangeas never cease to amaze me.

(via TumbleOn)

7. I'm like, obsessed with this picture.


8. There's a reason that it's called Nice, France.

The beach in Nice, France. Truly gorgeous. 

This place is so good.

9. I've saved the best for last...


Who else has a passion for Tumblr?


The Liebster Award (Part Two)

Back in January (practically a lifetime ago), I was nominated for the Liebster Award; needless to say, I was ecstatic.  I'm just as ecstatic to have been nominated again by the lovely Adrienne, a fellow blogger.
I love this award because it was created by the bloggers, for the bloggers.  It's an ideal way to expand the blogger community, and to help you, the reader, learn a bit more about the person behind the screen.

1. Why did you decide to start blogging?
After following so many bloggers for such a long time, I finally said to myself, "If they can do it, why can't I?"  Blogging seemed like the perfect way to express myself to others.  I sat down, fired up a Blogger template, and now, ten months later, here we are!
2. Who is your fashion inspiration?
I can't pin it down to one particular person, but I can narrow it down to an era.  The fifties ladies of Old Hollywood, especially Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, and Vivien Leigh, have always been the largest influence on my style.  I also am inspired by many fashion bloggers, including the College Prepster and Shannon from Prep Avenue.
3. What is your favorite thing to do during the summer?
I love swimming for hours on end--I only wish we lived near the ocean!
4. What is your favorite type of flower?
Hydrangeas have always had a special place in my heart.  I'd love to have a yard completely covered in them.
5. What is your favorite type of music?
This is going to sound extremely nerdy, but I love show tunes.  I've probably memorized all of the lyrics to The Phantom of the Opera score...
6. What are some of your hobbies?
My hobbies include singing, blogging (surprise, surprise), pageantry, school (this can qualify as a hobby), baking, reading, and interacting with animals in any way.
7. What is one random/interesting fact about yourself?
I've always wanted to learn at least five different languages.  Right now I'm cracking away at Italian and French.
8. Where do you hope to see yourself in ten years?
In ten years, I'll be nearly twenty-five. At that time, I'll hopefully be making my way through vet school with optimistic grades and a steady internship.  I'd also like to have started my own nonprofit, been to a Miss America pageant, have made plans to go abroad, and have a world-renowned blog.  I have pretty high standards, as you can see.
9. Tory Burch or Kate Spade?
Both are lovely, but I can't resist Kate's witty sayings and mannerisms.
10. Do you have any siblings?
No, but I do have two dogs, and I believe they can be just as realistic.
11. What is your number one fashion essential for summer?
I love having shorts on hand:  some athletic ones for lounging around, and some nicer ones for going out.

I nominate any bloggers out there for the Liebster Award (see my previous post for your questions).
I'm truly grateful for all of my blogger friends, and I cannot wait to make some new ones!  After all, bloggers make the world go 'round.


Being A Prep For A Week: 5/31/15 -- 6/6/15

This week made me realize how much I've missed being outdoors.
For the past few months, the only times I ever ventured outside were when I entered or exited a building (which is extremely disappointing).  Now that I've started helping out in the garden, I'm spending a huge chunk of time with nature, and that's made me very happy.  From weeding to dreaming, this week was calm and, for lack of a better word, perfect.
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Now, on to some of my favorite links from the past week:
The Miss Alabama preliminaries have concluded:  super excited for the winners!
My favorite HGTV Dream Home by far
For home decor lovers:  the best bedroom color schemes (I love gray and white)

I encourage you to venture outside and enjoy nature this week, for "the earth has its music for those who will listen."

How was your week?


Making Summer Plans

As tempting as it would be to binge watch Netflix for two months, I think we all need to try to be a tad bit more productive this summer.
I have high expectations for myself this summer, mostly because the last few summers haven't been too fulfilling.  That promise I made to myself--you know, the one about looking over school materials to ensure I didn't forget everything--didn't turn out so well.
Summer is definitely a time to rest up from all of the stress that the school year brings, but lying around for weeks on end gets tedious.  If we all make an effort to do a few "projects," we'll have a larger tendency to remember this summer as one of the greats.

1. Learn as much as possible.
Whether it be a new language, test-taking strategies, or an amazing recipe, learn something new this summer.  If you're more adventurous, try taking a class on something you've always wanted to do. Or, if you're less daring (like yours truly), take an online class or read about an interesting topic.  It sounds unexciting, but being able to learn about one of your passions is usually a very enjoyable experience.

2. Travel around.
Picturesque beaches, swaying palms, and crashing waves all complete the perfect summer destination.  However, if you won't be booking a flight anytime soon, try exploring a place that's close to home. I've been wanting to go canoeing in the river near my house, and now I have a whole two months to do it.  Sometimes you can find travel-worthy places in your backyard!

3. Complete your to-do-list.
During the school year, it's hard to get major projects done because school is so time consuming. Remember those walls you wanted to paint?  Remember that form you needed to fill out?  With all this time on your hands, you've got the perfect opportunity to check those bothersome things off the list.

4. Exercise.
I never exercised during the school year;  either I was too tired or too busy to bother.  I can't use that as an excuse anymore, so I've decided to get in better shape.  Fitness apps have been very helpful during these first few weeks.  Exercise doesn't just have to be crunches and lunges.  Nontraditional workouts are just as effective (and more entertaining).

5. Do something beneficial.
Don't miss out on chance to help others this summer.  Volunteer, donate, participate in charity events. You'll look back and remember that you helped someone or something--and that sounds pretty productive to me.

What are your summer plans?