September Faves

September means three things in my agenda:  stress, spice, and school (which can be synonymous with stress).  In the South, September doesn't quite qualify as autumn, seeing as the temperatures are higher than ever.  However, I glimpsed some brightly colored foliage this morning--perhaps fall has decided to come, after all...
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1. Pale Pink:  One of my biggest fashion inspirations is Julia from Gal Meets Glam, and she's been gravitating towards this feminine color.  It's almost autumn's version of summer whites.  I'm loving blush tops at the moment.

2. Graphic Tees:  I've never been a graphic tee fan, but if you give me a tee with a killer quote and beautiful typography, it's impossible to resist.  I love Old Navy's "Haute Shot" tee, and I'm on the lookout for that "More Issues Than Vogue" tee.

3. Monogram Rings:  Especially if you're writing all day, bracelets and necklaces can become very tedious.  Rings are the ideal solution because they're small and hassle-free. And, as with everything else, why not put a monogram on it?

4. Combat Boots:  It definitely isn't boot weather in Alabama yet, but I'll be ecstatic when that time does come.  I ordered these boots a few months ago, and I'm so excited to break them in!

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

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The Times Tumblr Made My Day Part 2

As the seasons are transitioning, I've been on a huge search for inspiration and motivation everywhere.  What better place to start than Tumblr, the database of pretty pictures and witty quotes?
The last Tumblr-themed post I wrote received an enormous feedback, and writing that post was an absolute blast, so I've been eagerly waiting for the perfect time to reintroduce it.  As in the spirit of that charmingly colloquial proverb, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

1. These are the essentials for a blissfully and beautifully lazy morning.

Perfect end to a perfect day. <3

2. If J. Crew launched an exclusive European vacation...


3. The seasons changing, from one door to another.


4. I couldn't have said it more eloquently.


5. A flight to the nearest Laduree store is sounding better and better...


6. This takes the cake for the most beautiful wedding dessert I've ever seen.


7. Yet another reason to justify my wanting a photogenic doormat...


8. The blogger's version of fast food...

Mini Pies {GF} | Our Food Stories

9. Tumblr never fails to motivate me.

“Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.”

10. Paris is always a good idea.  Right, Audrey?


It is my sincerest wish that you are now thoroughly inspired (I know I am)!

What do you think of Tumblr?


Being A Prep For A Week: 9/20/15 -- 9/26/15

Where has all of the prep gone?
I want to apologize for the lack of posts these last two weeks (specifically, this series of posts).  I've been on a blogging hiatus because my life's been a bit of whirlwind.  Besides, homecoming was this past week, and that was a nightmare in itself--although my escort and I were immaculately dressed, if I may say so.
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Anthropologie has quickly become one of my favorite window-shopping locations. However, if I received a gift card for the store, I'd skip the clothing and head straight to the books and stationery. The Q&A book is the perfect questionnaire for sentimentalists and thinkers alike.
I love this daily journal! #Anthropologie #AnthroFave:

While we're on the subject of books, the newest piece of reading material that I've added to my wishlist is the classic Audrey memoir, How to be Lovely:  The Audrey Hepburn Way of Life.  It's chock full of facts about Audrey's life, and best of all, Audrey's most memorable and captivating quotes.
Bestseller books online How to be Lovely: The Audrey Hepburn Way of Life Melissa Hellstern

Last but not least, this week's quote comes directly from my new and improved Tumblr page:

How was your week?


Lauren Conrad Runway Collection

Lovely.  That's the first word that comes to mind when I think of Lauren Conrad.
Unlike many other fashion designers of today, Lauren Conrad designs light, airy pieces that can easily be incorporated into an everyday wardrobe (as opposed to those frightening shoes you saw during New York Fashion Week).  Plus, her clothes are hanging on the racks of every Kohl's in the country, so shopping around and trying them on isn't a huge scavenger hunt.
The Lauren Conrad Runway Collection was recently released at Kohl's, and it completely embodies feminine charm and grace.  My homecoming dress was one of her creations, and it was absolutely stunning!

More gems from the collection include this gorgeous velvet skirt, the perfect embroidered top, and the most feminine leather jacket I've ever seen.
What do you think of the Runway Collection?


Prep For A Day's First Birthday

A year ago today, I made a spontaneous decision (which is a miracle in itself because I've never loved spontaneity).  That spontaneous decision changed my life more than I ever thought it would.
Prep For A Day has slowly evolved into one of the best aspects of my life.  Blogging has given me a new purpose.  It's given me a goal, and it's given me the courage to do some pretty amazing things.
I will admit that my preconceived notions of blogging were so adverse to the reality.  I ran into some unexpected hassles, but I'm all the better because of them.

I automatically assumed that all bloggers hire someone to design their websites for them (and, I suppose, I assumed that would be my course of action).  Boy, was I wrong!  I've learned so much more about HTML than I ever wanted to...

I also assumed that the majority of bloggers focused on fashion, and I'm so glad that isn't the case!  I love fashion posts, but I've read so many inspirational and helpful lifestyle posts over the past year that a solely fashion-based blog world seems rather contrived.

One fear I had when I first started out was that I'd never fit into the "blogger niche."  I thought making blogger friends would be the equivalent of trying to be friends with the popular people at a high school.  Yet I found my niche, and I found a group of amazing friends (MANY thanks to Jessica, along with Katie, Katelyn, Mikayla, SmileShineInspire, and many others).

The biggest fear I had was that my parents would be the only ones who would ever consider reading Prep For A Day.  I may not be anywhere close to 100,000 page views, but I'm heading there.  I may not have 100,000 Instagram followers, but I recently reached 1,200--and to me, that's a huge deal!

To anyone who's ever read along and kept up with the prep:  thank you.
To one year, and many more.


Pageant Misconceptions

One of the biggest pageantry events held annually is the Miss America pageant;  not only is it practically every pageant girl's dream to make it to that stage, but it's also a chance for the rest of the country to participate.
Being a pageant girl myself, I am definitely aware of the misconceptions that many people tend to have about pageantry and those who pursue it.  I still cringe at that Miss Teen USA onstage question debacle, but that's a rather extreme case.
The purpose of the onstage question portion of the pageant is not to express your opinion (sometimes on rather controversial topics) and be judged on it, but rather to convince your audience of why you hold firm in your beliefs.  In the same fashion, I'd like to tackle a few of the biggest pageant misconceptions--along with the realities of those situations.

1. Pageant girls have low IQs.
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If you pay close attention during the swimsuit and evening gown competitions, you'll be able to hear and see some facts about each of the contestants.  By doing so, you might have discovered that Miss Hawaii USA studied at Oxford University when she was sixteen, or that Miss America 2015 is trilingual.  The majority of pageant girls have very high GPAs (in fact, the Miss America's Outstanding Teen Pageant gives an award to the girl with the highest GPA).  I think we can all agree that the expression "intelligent pageant girl" is not an oxymoron.

2. Pageants solely consist of walking around in a dress onstage.
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Once you get to higher level pageantry (such as Miss America), the days of prancing around onstage are over.  Pageant contestants can expect to perform some sort of fitness routine, perfect and perform a talent, answer an onstage question, and undergo a private interview with the judges (in which all answers must be intelligent, eloquent, and prompt).

3. Pageant contestants gossip about one another constantly.
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I've made so many lasting friendships with other pageant contestants.  I think we all acknowledge that we have the same goal, and the best way to go about competing for it is to be as courteous as possible.  Drama really doesn't enhance the experience.

4. Pageant girls never contribute to the community.
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Each pageant contestant is charged with adopting or creating a platform, an organization or cause that they identify with and wish to support throughout their reign.  Mine is Crowns For Companions, and the official platform for Miss America is Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.  Each contestant wants to make a difference:  from anti-bullying platforms to financial aid to STEM education, we all want to make an impact in our communities.  And, if you do a little more research, you'll see that we do, one girl at a time.

Remember, pageantry is a lot of hard work--it may not be the most traditional sport, but that doesn't mean it isn't one.

What are your thoughts on pageant misconceptions?


Blogging On A Schedule

It's no secret that most bloggers live rather hectic lives.
From the professional blogger whose day is littered with meetings and events to the full-time student blogger, we're all pretty busy.  When I started blogging as a high school freshman, I wasn't accustomed to having a jam-packed schedule.  Now that I'm a sophomore, the homework level has skyrocketed, and I'm involved with several more clubs and organizations;  to put it simply, my free time has been reduced drastically.  At the same time, this blog plays a crucial role in my life, and I can't go without devoting some of my time to blog posts.  Anyone else in the same boat?
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Since I no longer have time during the week to blog, I try to spend some time during the weekend writing two to three posts for the week ahead.  That includes everything that goes along with them (the pictures, the emails, the Instagrams, etc.).  I'll be honest: trying to write three original blog posts within the span of two hours can get tedious, but knowing that those posts will be one thousand times better than ones I'd try to write after an hour of doing trigonometry homework makes it worthwhile.
If you're a fellow blogger in the same position, then here's my advice:  find the time to blog.  If you find yourself saying, "I don't have the time," or "I don't want to find the time," then perhaps it's time to really consider if you want to continue blogging.
If you can find the time in your schedule, then take full advantage of it!  Try writing a few posts at the same time, or shoot a few pictures.  You may miss out on that extra thirty minutes of Netflix, but if you really want to blog, then it should be more than worth it (and the same can be said for almost any hobby)!

What are your tips for blogging on a schedule?


Kate Spade Fall Arrivals

If I had an unlimited shopping budget for a day, I would most definitely be dropping by Kate Spade.
No other brand can nail that quintessential whimsy and charm like Kate Spade does.  I'm in love with the feminine dresses, killer shoes, and the little hints of winter that have traipsed into the newest arrivals.  Confession:  I wouldn't be able to successfully wear about fifty percent of Kate Spade's items, but a girl can always dream, right?

Which of these items was your favorite (and what do you think of the newest Kate Spade arrivals)?


Pretty Little Desktop Wallpapers

I am, by no means, a tech-y person.  In fact, I completely surprised myself by starting a blog and delving into HTML and coding.
I'm not very picky about my technology, either.  I just want it to meet two criteria:  a) it functions properly, and b) it looks pretty.  Seems like a rather simple equation.
A few days ago I decided to change around my computer's wallpapers (something I haven't done since April), and I fell in love with about twenty different backgrounds. Since I can only use one, I'm sharing the rest with you, in the hopes that you can give your technology a little update!

1. Design Love Fest Wallpapers


This website has a plethora of wallpapers (watercolors and quotes included), and they're pretty hard to choose from.  My personal favorite is the "Go For It" print.  Some other beauties include this classic gold print, the light blue "Hello" print, and this stunning motivational quote print.

2. Lovely Indeed Wallpapers


Another lovely website with even lovelier wallpapers.  I'll always love a good Audrey Hepburn quote print, but for now I'm stuck between this Abe Lincoln quote print and this Mother Teresa quote print.

3. Clementine Creative Wallpapers


If you have a penchant for calligraphy, these wallpapers are the ones for you.  From a quirky Dr. Seuss print to a floral quote print, quote hoarders shall enjoy these wallpapers.

What are some of your favorite desktop wallpapers?


Being A Prep For A Week: 8/30/15 -- 9/5/15

Hello, September (and more importantly, hello long weekend)!
My own little corner of the universe was pretty mundane this week, so I'll hop right into some of my favorite links that I've found over the past few days.
One extremely exciting part about being a blogger is being able to join blogger communities, and so I'm excited to announce that I'm a writer for the Undeniable Report!  My first post recently went live, and I cannot wait to start writing my next one. P.S.  UR's web designer gets an A plus from me!

I've been on a Say Yes To The Dress craze, and even though I'm not the biggest wedding enthusiast, looking at other wedding pictures for inspiration is a new favorite pastime of mine.  How beautiful is this Parisian-themed wedding (and the chandeliers for days)?


This Audrey Hepburn-inspired wedding shoot is absolutely stunning.  Plus, they have Audrey quotes plastered everywhere, and that's definitely a good thing.

If I were to select my favorite person of the week, C.S. Lewis would sweep away any competition. Reading some of his quotes has made me--for lack of a better word--happy.  This week's quote is by far one of my most cherished:
"I believe in Christ like I believe in the sun, not because I can see it, but by it I can see everything else." CS Lewis:

How was your week?


Work Smarter, Not Harder

In today's society, most teenagers have a larger problem with understudying than overstudying--most, but not necessarily all.
I am one of those oddities of the teenage universe that tends to overstudy;  whether this is due to the fact that I am a huge nerd or just because education is extremely important to me, I'm not quite sure.
Although not knowing the material is going to hurt your grade, reviewing the material so much that it starts to run together is just as bad.  There's nothing worse than sitting down to take a test and having your mind become as blank as the sheet in front of you (trust me, I know from experience).
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Besides the ordinary schoolwork, there are quite a few aspects of our lives that we tend to overemphasize and worry about.  Practice does make perfect, but that doesn't mean you should practice kicking the ball until you break your toe, and if you sing a song one thousand times over, you'll be so hoarse that you won't be capable of singing in front of a live audience.
If you want to maintain your high average, healthy body, soprano voice, and--quite frankly--your sanity, it's important that you learn the difference between hard work and smart work.
Hard work is a vital aspect of smart work, but the difference between the two is the end product:  a happy you, or a stressed and overworked you.  I know the outlook that I'd prefer.
Hard work is studying until twelve AM;  smart work is studying just as hard, but only until 9 PM.  Part of being a smart worker is realizing that if you can't find time to complete every single item on your to-do-list, it isn't the end of the world.
Tomorrow is a wholly new day, and if you're well rested, you'll be prepared to tackle that list--and even more smart work.

Here's to a new generation of smart workers.