October Faves

October has been such a lovely month.  Late October is the prime time for foliage colors in the South--and boy, have the leaves been gorgeous.  The weather is finally starting to cool down, I finally broke out my scarves and sweaters, and Halloween is finally here! However, I can't say that I'm glad that October is finally leaving...
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1. Bomber Jackets:  I may have found the perfect dressy jacket.  It's functional without being overly heavy, and the color is perfect for winter days.  Plus, this jacket option is a petite girl's best friend.

2. Blanket Scarves:  Oh, the blanket scarves.  I've seen several variations of the classic trend this month, but my favorite has been this white and black checked scarf.  Its small pattern and lack of busy colors makes it easier to pair with a multitude of items.

3. Bell Sleeves:  There is nothing more feminine than a bell sleeve.  Pair it with a blush color and a spot of lace, and you've created a beautiful top.  I'm eager to see how to incorporate this trend into winter outfits.

4. Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee:  On the non-fashion side of things, I finally got the chance to read Harper Lee's infamous second novel.  I started reading with less-than high expectations because of all of the flack it has received, but I should have never judged it that way.  This book is phenomenal;  the language is crafted and colloquial at the same time, and Scout is such an interesting character.  The ending is a little depressing, but don't let that keep you from reading it!

I'm so glad that I live in a world where there are Octobers.

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

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Dealing With Failure

Everyone knows that life isn't fair.  It's a fact.
One of the not-so-lovely things that makes life unfair is failure;  specifically, the form that comes when we don't have immediate success in some facet of our lives.
Not being able to accomplish something, especially something that took a chunk of time and energy, is frustrating, to say the least.  No matter how much of a downer failure is, you can't let it keep you down for long.

1. Don't Jump to Conclusions:  Our first reaction to failure is usually a mixture of sadness and anger.  Don't let your mouth run away with you, and don't begin bashing yourself.  You can't let one failure define you and the others around you.

2. Don't Over-analyze:  This can make the failure swell to astronomical sizes in your head.  Thinking about what could have or should have happened won't help you at all. Even though it seems impossible, try not to dwell on the incident.

3. Treat Yourself:  Whether it's with ice cream or a movie night, give yourself the time to recuperate.  Food can usually make everything better.

4. Look at the Big Picture:  After the initial feelings of frustration have worn off, try to consider the big picture.  Will this failure affect your entire life as a whole?  Would success have really been the right thing for you?  Chances are, there's something ten times better around the corner.

5. Try Again:  What's the good thing about failure?  It isn't permanent, which means that you have the perfect opportunity to shoot for something even better.

You know what they say:  "Failure is a much more faithful teacher than immediate success."

How do you deal with failure?


Being A Prep For A Week: 10/18/15 -- 10/24/15

I'd usually be happy that the week is coming to an end, but this week was quite lovely.
Besides missing school on Monday to participate in a leadership conference, I had a completely normal school routine--which can be rather nice.
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Now, on to some of my favorite links from the past week:
Sneak a peek at the whimsical Gal Meets Glam X BaubleBar collaboration
The College Prepster's review of the Gal Meets Glam collaboration (what a wonderful friendship)
Sneak a longer peek at the new Kate Spade Home Decor Line
A memoir to my lovely idol:  Audrey At Home

Sticking with this week's lovely theme, I can only end by saying, "Happy girls are the prettiest."

How was your week?


Halloween Movies For The Faint At Heart

I know that Halloween is supposed to be centered around scaring people, but what about those who would rather enjoy the less frightening side of the holiday?  What happened to the the pumpkin carving and the candy eating?
For those of you who (like yours truly) cannot stand scary movies, do not fear;  your Halloween experience will not be ruined.  There are some hidden movie gems that are--albeit cheesy--perfect for a cool October night.

Mad Monster Party
Mad Monster Party? -- Baron Von Frankenstein (voice of Boris Karloff) has decided to retire as the head of the Worldwide Organization of Monsters. But first, he must inform the other monsters about his plans. How to deliver the news? How else - through a MAD MONSTER PARTY!:

This has always been a must-watch movie in my household.  It's like a mix between a Tim Burton film and a Dr. Seuss novel.  Odd, entertaining, and not the least bit scary, it's definitely a movie that you won't forget.

The Nightmare Before Christmas
"The Nightmare Before Christmas" > 1993 > Directed by: Henry Selick > Children's Family / Fantasy / Musical /  Musical Family / Animated Musical / Children's Fantasy / Creature Film / Animation:

One of the more well-known movies in this list, The Nightmare Before Christmas is an all-around enjoyable movie.  Plus, it never fails to put me in the holiday spirit!

The Addams Family

The Addams Family (1991)

You haven't lived until you've watched the antics of this hilarious family.  If Wednesday Addams doesn't make you laugh, I don't know who will.

Ghostbusters (1984)

If you really want a good laugh, rent Ghostbusters.  Trust me on this.

Tower of Terror
Tower of Terror (1997)

Tying in with the iconic Disney ride, this movie makes for an interesting watch.  Plus, what's better than a nineties movie?

Never fear:  not all Halloween movies feature demonic presences and murderers.

What are you watching this Halloween?


Being A Prep For A Week: 10/11/15 -- 10/17/15

Hello, thirty degree weather!  What took you so long?
This was a very irregular week for me because I was off Monday and Tuesday, and then on Wednesday I got up bright and early to take the PSAT.  Plus, the auditions for the Alabama Allstate Show Choir were yesterday;  that was an experience that definitely deserved a pint of ice cream.

Now, on to some of my favorite links from the past week:
An Italian travel guide that divides the country into seasons (wisteria in spring sounds lovely!)
Buzzfeed's roundup of the best ways to transform chocolate chip cookies
A former Miss America's tips on public speaking--and conquering any anxiety surrounding it

Lastly, the quote for this week is a friendly reminder: "Act without expectation."

How was your week?


Outfit: Searching For Fall

As much as I would love to break out my sweaters and boots, the weather in Alabama is a bit of an obstacle.  The temperatures are as high as ever, and the fashion is very chaotic. Half of the population is sporting pullovers and booties, while the other half is still clinging to Birkenstocks and shorts.  It definitely makes for an interesting sight!
Even though I can't pull out my sweaters, I've been trying to incorporate fall-esque pieces into my wardrobe, like my favorite version of the blanket scarf and a solid pair of ankle boots.  Perhaps the weather will decide to cooperate...

I'm still on a never-ending search for autumn--but if I've learned anything, it's that everything has its own time.

How are you preparing for fall?

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Being A Prep For A Week: 10/4/15 -- 10/10/15

And cue fall break, please!
I'm currently on a long-awaited four day weekend, so I couldn't be happier.  All that free time to work on blog posts and PSAT tests and dog tricks...
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Now, on to some of my favorite links from the past week:
Reese Witherspoon's charmingly Southern clothing line (even the pencils are darling)
A quiz that Gone With The Wind fans (such as yours truly) will be mad about
The next blog envy of mine:  Paris In Four Months

To finish up this week, here's one of my favorite Roald Dahl quotes:  "If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sun beams and you will always look lovely."

How was your week?


The World Of A Perfectionist

There's one in every crowd, in every school, in every town, and possibly in every home. Perfectionists are everywhere.  No matter how many advertisements that read "Embrace Imperfection" are broadcasted, perfectionists keep on looking for perfection.  I know, because I am one.
Being a perfectionist is definitely a double-edged sword.  On one hand, it usually results in a wonderful work ethic and a meticulous eye for detail.  On the other hand, this attention to detail often leads to over-scrutinizing, which usually leads to stress.  When a perfectionist spots imperfection (and it's very likely that this will happen), it's like a personal blow.
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If you've ever been upset over a test score that was three points lower than you wanted it to be, chances are that you have a bit of the perfectionist streak within you.  Do uneven lines and asymmetry bother you?  How about cluttered spaces?  If you're a blogger, does that one un-centered picture on your sidebar vex you to no end?
Honestly, I think the majority of people are perfectionists in one way or another--and there isn't anything wrong with that scenario.  However, it's important to accept and embrace the fact that achieving perfection is impossible.  Neglecting to acknowledge that fact will result in a large amount of undue stress and worry for you (take it from someone who knows).
My mother has always told me one piece of advice regarding my perfectionism:  "You cannot berate yourself for making one mistake.  You cannot criticize yourself for not being PERFECT.   There was only one perfect human being that walked this Earth;  the rest of us have to accept our mistakes, and keep moving on."
Instead of reaching for perfection, try for your best.  In the end, doing your best is all that really matters.

Are you a fellow perfectionist?


Being A Prep For A Week: 9/27/15 -- 10/3/15

I have only two statements that I'd like to declare about my week:  1) it was finally chilly outside and I might actually be able to wear a scarf next week, and 2) I'm so happy that this week is nearly over.
Let's just say that in my corner of the world, this week might go down as one of the not-so-happiest in the record books.
Speaking of scarves, I've been on the hunt for some good transitioning pieces.  I think I might have stumbled across the perfect scarf for petite girls and long haired girls alike (if you fall into one of these categories, you understand my pain).
Factory wool plaid scarf

I'm anticipating that varsity sweaters will become a huge fall trend, which I'm very excited about. I love the slight v-neck on this Old Navy sweater.
Women's Varsity V-Neck Sweaters | Old Navy:

On the blogging side of things, I cannot get enough of Ashley's Santorini photos (which is quite ironic, considering I've been so excited about fall).  Santorini is definitely on my bucket list--especially that sunset!


Lastly, because we all need to be reminded of this every now and then:

“If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.”

How was your week?

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