August Faves

I usually begin these posts with a small declaration describing how short the month was, but I'm breaking tradition to declare that August seemed two years long.  Summer seems like a long-lost dream.  I hate to break it to you, August, but I'm more than ready for fall to set in!
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1. Flowy Tops:  I've been loving the more casual approach to summer and early fall clothing;  a simple top and a nice pair of jeans can look surprisingly sophisticated. 

2. Idiom Bangles:  What's better than a good quote or phrase?  A good quote or phrase that's been stuck on a piece of jewelry, that's what!  I'm a little bummed that Kate Spade doesn't carry my absolute favorite idiom bangle anymore, but the newest bangles remain quirky and adorable.

3. Crystal Pleats:  They're so feminine, and with the right accessories, they could easily be transformed into a fall staple.  Pleated skirts are absolutely lovely.

4. Lists:  I've had to write at least two lists per day this month, so having a designated notepad for lists (and the lists of my lists) would be helpful.  In any case, Post-It Notes have always had my back.

Until we meet again, August.

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

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Being A Prep For A Week: 8/23/15 -- 8/29/15

My week was as hectic as I expected.  To be honest, I don't remember any significant things that happened this week;  I remember those trig functions I had to memorize, and I remember every little detail of picture day, but that's the extent of my memory.  Now it all seems like a big blur...
One thing I do distinctly remember is taking pictures with some of my friends (unfortunately, those pictures will probably be better than the ones going in the yearbook, but that's alright):
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In the more exciting parts of the world, Design Darling has been cranking out some gorgeous prints of late.  The Parisian balcony print is the stuff of my dreams.
Paris Balconies Print
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I, like many others, adore calligraphy.  Thanks to Pinterest, I'm now aware of nearly twenty calligraphy fonts that I never knew existed.  I think it's time to break out the Sharpies again...
Best Calligraphy - Hand Lettered Fonts http://snippetandink.com/best-hand-lettered-fonts-for-weddings-50-handwritten-fonts/
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Lastly, this week's bit of inspiration is quite useful, I think:
click for more #inspiration #ROXY
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How was your week?

Love,

Ankle Boot Addiction

Every time fall rolls around, I start falling in love with ankle boots.
I love riding boots as much as the next blogger, but there's something about a pair of ankle boots that makes me want to buy thousands of them (or, more realistically, just one pair).
Now that school has begun and most of us are back on a budget, I tried my utmost best to find stylish but budget-friendly boots--all under seventy dollars!
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1. Lauren Conrad Strappy Ankle Boots:  I love anything Lauren Conrad and these boots are no exception.  All of those different color choices make this pair even more favorable.

2. Eurosoft Salvina Ankle Boots:  Never did I foresee myself liking anything with a snakeskin print, but these have changed my mind on the matter.  The heel height is perfect, and the color is absolutely gorgeous!

3. Call It Spring Marguaritte Ankle Boots:  For a more casual look, this simple pair of boots is the way to go.  The zipper detailing adds just a hint of gold--but hints of gold are my forte.

4. SONOMA life + style Buckle Ankle Boots:  These boots are a little similar to the Lauren Conrad booties listed above, but they are a bit heavier.  If you're looking for a sturdier pair of boots, these are an excellent option.

What's your opinion on ankle boots?

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Being A Prep For A Week: 8/16/15 -- 8/22/15

I know what most of you are thinking:  another one of these posts?
My first full week of school was a tad bit more hectic than I had hoped, and that translated to less time spent with the Blogger interface.  However, now that I'm getting into the groove of things, a myriad of posts should be coming your way!
There has been much candy consumption and laughter in my end of the world;  there was also much remorse about my not-so-lovely outfits...
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I have to take school pictures next week, and so while I was hunting around for a dress, I rediscovered my love of Lauren Conrad.  Some of my favorites are this Lilly Pulitzer-esque fit and flare dress, this adorable shirt dress, and the perfect pair of scalloped flats.
The new LC Lauren Conrad for Kohl's collection has arrived!
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One of the best posts I read this week was Prep Avenue's unofficial guide to Paris (or, as she terms it, the "places you won't find in a guidebook").  The pictures are giving me a major case of wanderlust. It isn't too late to book a flight, is it?

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Lastly, here's a bit of inspiration for this week:
Whatever You Are Be A Good One Print / Instant by MadKittyMedia
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How was your week?

Love,

Being A Prep For A Day: A Day In My Life

You might be familiar with my weekly series "Being A Prep For A Week" in which I share highlights and tidbits from the past weeks, but I'm excited to also be able to put together an in-depth post about a typical day of my sophomore year.  I'm a self-proclaimed sucker for routine posts and videos;  plus they're typically one of the most enjoyable posts to write (and read)!

6:00 AM:  I've risen this bright and early since I was in kindergarten.  Now I can hardly sleep past this time during the summer!

6:30 AM:  After I've showered, I waltz into my closet and change into my (hopefully) pre-planned outfit for the day.

7:00 AM:  By the time I've finished dressing and putting on my makeup, it's around 6:45 to 7:00. This is when I fix a nutritious breakfast of yogurt or a not-so-nutritious breakfast of pancakes with extra syrup.
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7:10 AM:  This is one of the key time frames of my morning;  while I'm eating, I'll look over notes, read something out of a textbook, or work on something for the blog.  I can't accomplish much, but I can accomplish something.

7:30 AM:  After doing some other miscellaneous morning activities, my mom and I shoot to get out the door at 7:30.

8:00 AM:  The first bell rings at high school.  Chaos always ensues shortly.

8:15 AM:  My first class, Girl's Ensemble, officially starts.  This is already one of my favorite classes simply because it's so small and laid-back.  Plus, I get to sing and attempt to dance with some of my good friends.  What could be a better way to kick off the day?

9:10 AM:  My friend and I arrive in our US History class. Our teacher is what really makes the class a good one.

10:15 AM:  After a fifteen minute break, I'm back upstairs in my Spanish I class.  The greatest highlight of this class by far was watching two guys dance around and sing "The Spanish Countries and Capitals Song."

11:10 AM:  Since my English class is located downstairs on the opposite side of the building, getting there from Spanish is a bit hectic.  However, I've yet to have been late, and my teacher is very AP-oriented, so it's all worth it.

12:00 PM:  I'm off to A Lunch!  You might notice that this is when I frequent Snapchat the most...
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12:30 PM:  Algebra II has started.  I'm not a big math fan, and I'm not quite sure about this teacher yet, so I'm grateful for that ACT Prep I took this summer.

1:20 PM:  Chemistry begins.  I shall be very grateful when we can pick our lab partners--and, to a greater extent, rearrange the seating charts.  Otherwise, I'm a science nerd, so this class gets me.

2:15 PM:  One of my absolute favorite classes, Foundations of Medical Health Professions, is my last class of the day.  We learn about some very interesting things in there.

3:10 PM:  I'm dismissed, and school is over for the day.

3:30 PM:  This is usually when my mom and I get home, with Toby the corgi in tow. The first thing I do is lay out all of my binders, and then I quickly change into some comfier clothes.
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3:45 PM:  I try to limit my social media usage to a minimum towards the end of the day so I can fully focus on homework.  And yes, I already have homework this early in the year.  Surprising?  Not really.

5:30 PM:  A wonderful dinner is served by my lovely mother, and my dad and I are always very grateful.

6:30 PM:  If I have any tests the next day, I start studying around this time.  Since I start looking over my notes in advance, I don't need as much time to go through everything.
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9:00 PM:  Hopefully, by this time I'll have finished all of the homework I could've come up with, along with taking some notes on my online class.  I'll also have watched a little YouTube, laid out my outfit for the next day, made myself a list of all the important things I'll have to do at school, and read a bit of my Bible.  Then I can collapse, and wait patiently for the next day to begin.

I'm curious:  is your daytime routine similar to mine, or completely different?

Love,

Being A Prep For A Week: 8/9/15 -- 8/15/15

Drum roll please...I just finished my first "week" of sophomore year!  Hopefully you'll all be happy to hear that everything went much better than expected!
Some of the highlights of this first week were seeing old friends, attempting to dance choreography in show choir (that was comedy at its best), and meeting some great teachers.  I also started a very exciting online class--and found that that expression is not always an oxymoron!
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A fun fact I discovered about my wonderful history teacher is that she has the ultimate crush on Theodore Roosevelt.  So, now I know that while Teddy was preparing to give a speech, a would-be assassin shot him.  Teddy then proceeded to inform the crowd of his wound, and then he went on and delivered a ninety-minute speech with a bullet lodged in his chest!  And I thought that I'd been through some hard times!
Teddy Roosevelt's horse Little Texas led the charge up San Juan Hill during the 1898 Spanish American War
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Another of my teachers kicked off her class by showing us Randy Pausch's "Last Lecture."  It is, quite frankly, the best video I've ever watched.  The end will make even the least emotional of people well up.
What Oprah Learned from Randy Pausch's Last Lecture    From: Lesson 23: Slow Down      Read more: http://www.oprah.com/oprahs-lifeclass/What-Oprah-Learned-from-Randy-Pauschs-Last-Lecture-Video#ixzz1wyj8gmNg
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Now, for this week's quote, here's an excerpt straight from Randy's lecture:
The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people. -Randy Pausch
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How was your week?

Love,

Whenever I Feel Afraid...

Picture this:  a young girl sits at her desk, her forehead creased in concentration.  She has every ounce of her energy focused on a single piece of paper.  Her hands are fidgeting, her knee is bouncing up and down, and her breath is less steady than usual.
I just described myself as I will most likely look tomorrow morning.  Tomorrow is my first day of sophomore year, and that piece of paper in my hand is my schedule--which, I pray, is accurate.
Perhaps it's the perfectionist in me, but when I'm not precisely sure about the outcome of things, I tend to get nervous.  As you can imagine, I'm nervous quite a lot.
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We're all nervous quite a lot.  We all tend to be afraid of the unknown, and a new school year is a perfect example of an unknown territory.  How do we fight the fear?  How do we ignore it?  I could tell you in my own words, but I have a few song lyrics that sum it up far better than I ever could:
"Whenever I feel afraid, I hold my head erect, and whistle a happy tune so no one will suspect I'm afraid.  While shivering in my shoes, I strike a careless pose, and whistle a happy tune so no one ever knows I'm afraid.  The result of this deception is very strange to tell, for when I fool the people I fear, I fool myself as well."
It can strike you as a little silly at first, but it works!  You don't have to stroll in the building whistling, but you can stroll in with your head held high;  before you know it, you'll have even convinced yourself that you aren't the least bit nervous or anxious. A calm, confident person is more likely to have a better outlook than a nervous wreck--and your outlook defines your entire year.

Trust me on this:  "You may be as brave as you make believe you are."

Love,

Gold Sweet Gold

I've noticed that my school supplies are following a "hints of gold" theme (or they're trying their utmost best to establish said theme).  Social media really has coerced me into becoming a fan of gold, and now I'm thinking that a gold themed dorm room would be just beautiful.  However, that vision can't become a reality for about three more years, so for now I'm dreaming about some smaller golden finds.

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1. Gold Pencil Pouches:  I flipped when I found this mint and gold pouch in my Target, and I'm hoping it will stay in as pristine a condition as possible.  Although not as accessible, I also love this Kate Spade pouch (whether that's because it's gold or because it's Kate Spade, I haven't discovered yet).

2. Gold Tape Dispensers:  I guess all of us bloggers cannot get enough of this dog tape dispenser, and I suppose that isn't a bad thing.  Change it to a corgi, and you'd have me sold in a heartbeat!

3. Gold Notebooks:  Anyone else guilty of wanting notebooks even though you have no set use for them?  For this polka dotted one, I'm sure I could think up something...

4. Gold Pillows:  If it's golden calligraphy on a white background, I'm probably hooked.  I think this pillow would be perfect for a dorm room!

5. Gold Mugs:  I still haven't forgotten those monogram mugs that were all the rage at Christmas, but I'll not soon forget this mug either.  It just screams Audrey Hepburn, and you know all about me and things that scream Audrey Hepburn.

Let's just paint the town gold!

What are some of your favorite gold items?

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Love,

Being A Prep For A Week: 8/2/15 -- 8/8/15

This is my last weekend before school starts up (cue the organ).  I've really enjoyed shopping for school supplies thus far, although it's been a bit hectic.  Plus, the school messed up my schedule, and you know how that goes...
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I'll be using one of my school's planners this year, mostly because that's the only place that has a printed map of the school in it;  without that map, I'd be ten minutes late to every class.  If I could purchase my own agenda, however, I think I'd lean towards this beautiful mint one from Anthropologie.  Just the calligraphy takes my breath away!
Wise Words Planner - anthropologie.com LOVE the mint
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One of the highlights of my week was reading an older Vanity Fair article entitled "My Fair Mother."  It was written by one of Audrey Hepburn's children, and is an intimate glimpse into Audrey's life. You can only admire her even more after reading.
Audrey Hepburn walking her dog at Piazza di Spagna, Rome, 1964
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I'd like to close out this week with an announcement of sorts:  I'm going to start including "Quotes of the Week" within my regular weekly updates because a) I'm dubbed "the blogger who has a quote for every situation," so it's quite fitting, and b) the world just needs a little more inspiration.  So, without further ado:
The world's a book, and those who do not travel read only one page. -St. Augustine // one of my life quotes!
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How was your week?

Love,

Quotes For A New School Year

Since I'm a professional quote hoarder, I've started adding more prints to my gallery wall.  Surprising?  Not really.  As a result, I've been spending even more time on Pinterest, and I've stumbled across some quotes that are just exquisite.
Getting back into the school groove takes motivation, whether you're a teacher or a student.  When you're moving to a new school, it's even more draining.  One million questions are probing your mind:  what are the people like?  Will all of the upperclassmen hate me?  What if I can't make the sports team?  The list goes on and on. Forget about those little questions, and focus on the meanings of these quotes.  As they say, "We are what our thoughts have made us;  so take care about what you think."

1. Take it from da Vinci:  great accomplishments are not achieved by sitting on your phone the entire day (no matter how tempting it is to do so).
Day 171: It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things. -Leonardo da Vinci
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2. Don't miss out on an amazing opportunity simply because "it's too hard."  Been there, almost done that.  
Opportunity is missed by people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. —Thomas Edison
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3. This has been my motto so far, and it's worked out to my advantage.  Just remember:  there's a time for play, and there's a time for school.  They shouldn't mix.
Quotes Berry : Tumblr Quotes Blog : Photo
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4. School isn't all about studying;  it's also about trying to find out who you are.
Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself
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5. It's perfectly acceptable to make a less than stellar grade on that test, as long as that grade was the best you could do.  Little mistakes won't define your entire year.
Everybody is a Genius: More Quote Posters
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6. It may be hard to get back in the groove of things--however, you aren't the only one who is struggling.  Soon enough, you'll be finding people you share common interests with, and a beautiful friendship will begin.
the sad thing was my "best friend" was the one who ruined it. Its amazing how many people lie, and cheat and try to get ahead and be best. Well KARMA!!!
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7. We all have those days when we go to the wrong lunch period or fall down in the hall (yours truly has done both);  however, on those bad days, we also learn to laugh at ourselves, and that's not a bad thing.
Every day may not be good, but there's something good in every day #quotes
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8. School is not a popularity contest--and frankly, popularity isn't worth what you must do to obtain it.
Seek to be worth knowing rather than be well known
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9. And lastly...
Dr. Seuss Print Size 8x10 The more that you read | Etsy $14.97 by kardzkouture
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Believe me, you'll move mountains, kid.

What are some of your favorite back-to-school quotes?

Love,

Home Of My Dreams

I've been frequenting Pinterest a bit too much lately, and I've noticed that one of the boards I pin to the most is my "Home Of My Dreams" board.
Six months ago, if you had asked me any questions about my idea of a dream home, I wouldn't have known what to respond.  It's not that I hadn't thought about it (my mom was a realtor and we watch HGTV religiously), but I just didn't have any idea what my style was.  Now I have a definite idea in mind, and thinking about it just makes me giddy.
If you're wondering what my home style is, just read the description of the board:  "I'll take one extra-nice Cape Cod/ Southern Plantation home, with all-white interiors, a lawn covered in ivy and hydrangeas, and a Tumblr-worthy front door.  A home with a view is preferred but not essential."  To add to that, I'd also like everything to be in corresponding colors of white, navy, and gray, and I'd love one of those driveways that's lined with trees.  I'm definitely branching out, right?

1. Oh, the rafters...
Beach living room - Lacefield Designs Casablanca Midnight ikat pillow Better Homes and Gardens #lacefielddesigns #ikat
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2. The chandelier has tassels, and the vase has hydrangeas.  I'm in Heaven.
House In The Hamptons ● Eat-in Kitchen
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3. Who doesn't want another chandelier in their closet?
Absolutely beautiful walk-through closet. A Stunning Home Decorated in Black and White.
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4. I can easily pretend that I live in Europe with this kind of front door.
Something like this but possibly darker colour. And without the birdhouse obvs.
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5. Talk about making an entrance!
Alexa Hampton house - Love how it appears that the basement steps are open. Makes it more a part of the house!
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6. This tub is the size of Rhode Island--and is that gray tiling on the floor?
Shingle Style Hamptons Home Designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects
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7. Change the roses to hydrangeas, and you've recreated my dream kitchen.
Beautiful kitchen, Hamptons style.
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8. Whoever designed the exterior of this house really understands me.
Seaside Sanctuary : Interiors + Inspiration : Architectural Digest
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9. This is a pretty stellar tree-lined driveway, if I do say so myself.
House in Salzburg, Austria – Gallery | Robert Couturier | d├ęcor, architecture & design
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10. If this isn't Tumblr-worthy curb appeal, I don't know what is.
Lovely hydrangeas blooming along and over fence......love them!
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Is this house scheme a realistic representation of the first home I'll ever own?  Probably not.  Can a girl dream?  Of course.

What's your dream home?

Love,

Being A Prep For A Week: 7/26/15 -- 8/1/15

It's August, and I'm still wondering where June went.  Perhaps summer decided to go on a long term vacation.
My week consisted of spending entirely too much time on my computer working out blogging deals and trying (unsuccessfully) to understand angular velocity.  On the bright side, I did manage to wrap my head around radians, so it's all good and well.
And, if you didn't hear, I was recently interviewed by the lovely Katelyn from The Yellow Spectacles.  That was pretty surreal;  I mean, who would've thought that I would be getting interviewed by a fellow blogger?  Not yours truly, I can assure you.

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On the subject of blogging, I think I've found another of my favorite bloggers:  Julia from Gal Meets Glam.  Apparently I'm the last person in the universe to discover her blog, considering her following, but I'm not that concerned.  Her travel photos are giving me a major case of wanderlust!
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Because the prospect of a new school year is looming, I've been trying to review some things from the previous year as a bit of a refresher course, and John Green's Crash Course videos have been a tremendous help.  I wasn't the biggest fan of them last year, but they grow on you.  I'm pretty sure I may be the only person who enjoys watching the history ones...
Crash Course is a series of educational videos by John Green on Youtube. Includes U.S. History, Chemistry, World History, Biology, Literature, and Ecology.
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How was your week?

Love,