FEBRUARY FAVES

February was a huge month.  It was extremely busy for extremely different reasons; some of those reasons have made a huge impact on my life, and others have just given me a major case of exhaustion. Either way, I'm prefacing this post by stating that life wasn't too glamorous this month.  I may not have had time to peruse through much fashion or other current trends, but I still had time to discover some long-lost favorites of mine that have really become staples in my daily routine.

After all, the things that keep us going through tough times are the things that should really be viewed as vital aspects of our lives.  Without further ado, here are my less-than-conventional faves from a less-than-conventional February.

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1. The Harry Potter Series:  Do you ever get the urge to go back and revisit a classic series?  I've loved going back through these books, especially the last few installments. What has made the experience even more magical has been scanning through all of the hilarious Buzzfeed articles about everything from plot holes to the cast of the movies to witty jokes about the characters.  Reading is such a stress reliever, and that's just what I needed this month!

2. Pinterest:  Surprising as it may sound, I've never been much of a Pinterest-browser.  I enjoy using the site for blog post ideas, but beyond that, I haven't been addicted.  This month I found myself looking for inspiration and motivation, and this website was the perfect pick-me-up.

BEING A PREP FOR A WEEK: 2/21/16 -- 2/27/16

I've always liked the weekend, but I've never looked forward to it so much as I did this week.  It was another hectic seven days in my world, complete with school trips, makeup work, and multiple tests per day.  In a totally out-of-character move, I actually stayed home one day to rest up and counteract some serious burnout.  It was the best decision I could have made;  the next day, I came back to school ready and willing to work.

Other than that, I've spent a good amount of time lounging around with my two-legged siblings, deliberating whether Alabama's going to let spring come early or prolong winter for another few weeks.

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Now, on to some of my favorite links from the past week:
The thirty most beautiful places to visit in Paris--c'est magnifique!
I thought I'd read about every Harry Potter plot twist ever invented, but this article raises some fascinating points!

SPRING SHOES

It's still February, but I think it's safe to say that most people are eagerly anticipating spring.  In fact, it can be difficult to resist the temptation when every clothing store is replacing its bulky winter merchandise with flowy spring attire.  I'm a little bummed that I didn't get to break out all of my winter pullovers this year, but I am looking forward to exchanging my socks and boots for sandals and bare feet. Looks like tassels, double-straps, quirky colors, and lace-ups are going to be making a comeback on a grand scale...

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Metallic Espadrilles -- Embellished Sandals -- Mint Double-Strap Sandals -- Heeled Ankle Strap Sandals -- Navy Peep-Toe Sandals -- Wink Eye Espadrilles

BEING A PREP FOR A WEEK: 2/14/16 -- 2/20/16

I just read a blog post that began by stating, "Life lately...has been busy, exciting, overwhelming, and any other synonym of those words."  I can definitely relate to that sentiment.

This past weekend, my family and I made a nine-hour drive down to Florida to stay for a couple of days. While there, we celebrated my dad's birthday, had a lovely time with my aunt and uncle, and even stopped by the University of Florida.  However, we didn't really make the drive just to benefit ourselves; we did it to benefit our dog.  And I can assume that we did, because now we have two corgis running around the house instead of one--and everything is better in pairs, right?  Our new corgi is named Emma, and she's a rambunctious character.  However, she's just what we all needed, and I cannot wait to share more about her as time passes by.

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Now, on to some of my favorite links from the past week:
Just finished reading this book and I absolutely loved it!
Sadly enough, I really would like to own these Jane Austen-inspired pencils.

AUDREY HEPBURN QUOTES TO GET YOU THROUGH A SLUMP

If anyone was a modern-day princess, it was Audrey Hepburn.  Both on and off the screen, she dazzled everyone with her fairy tale-like demeanor and qualities.  She seemed joyously happy all of the time--but, just like anyone else who has ever lived on this planet, she had her own trials and tribulations to work through.

Fast forward to the present-day:  we all have our unique problems as well, and we often struggle to overcome them.  Even more so, our generation has a rough time finding true happiness and keeping it; however, Audrey truly mastered the art of living happily.  If you're in a bit of a slump, take a look at what the star had to say about achieving happiness.

1. For the days when you forget to appreciate the little things...
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A BLOGGER'S VIEW OF VALENTINE"S DAY

If you take a long look at a yearly calendar, you'll begin to notice that every month has some version of a holiday, whether it be Christmas or Easter or--Valentine's Day. February's own special holiday is a bit different from all of the others because of its often negative perception.  Some people are in love with the day of love, and others cannot stand the thought of it.  Why is that?

I have a theory that our society shapes a majority of its opinions around what appears on social media, especially in a cultural sense.  If a girl sees ten successive posts about the negative aspects of Valentine's Day, she's bound to start thinking about the holiday in a different light.  To test my theory, I asked several fellow bloggers to give their honest opinions about what February 14 signifies to them and other teens.

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1. What is your perspective on Valentine's Day (do you love it, hate it, or are you indifferent)?
"I don't love nor do I hate Valentine's Day...it's silly (to me) to go all out one day to show affection when I personally like the idea of spreading the love and gifts throughout the year--for no apparent reason other than because it's something you want to do.  Not because everyone else is buying cards, chocolates, and gems." --Katelyn 

"Honestly, I don't mind Valentine's Day.  I love the sweet treats that come along with the holiday and it is a good day to remember how much you love everyone in your life, not just whoever you're dating!" --Katie

"I have never been particularly fond of Valentine's Day, aside from all the chocolates and candies of course!" --Sydney

UNIQUE VALENTINE CARDS

The real countdown to February 14 has begun.  Now begins the time of frenzied trips to the store in order to sift through hundreds of Valentine's Day cards that all look the same.  Does this sound like an endeavor you'll have to take on?

If you do a bit of digging online you'll find even more Valentines;  however, not all of them are the standard red and white heart cards that you're used to seeing.  I scouted out some of my favorite stationery stores to see what was in stock, and I was pleasantly surprised.  After all, how does a red heart compare to an ornate pineapple card?

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"I Pine For You" Card -- "Chocolates" Card -- "Boatload of Love" Greeting Card -- "Be My Valentine" Card -- "Salt and Pepper" Card

BEING A PREP FOR A WEEK: 1/31/16 -- 2/6/16

It's already the sixth day of February...anyone else completely taken aback?

My school course load was very heavy this week (more so than usual) because we're preparing to take a new version of the ACT.  This coming week is sure to be even more hectic, so wish me luck!  However, my family and I are embarking on a little excursion on Valentine's Day weekend, so sunnier skies are ahead (literally).

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Now, on to some of my favorite links from the past week: 
One of my favorite bloggers has relaunched her website, The Yellow Spectacles (doesn't it look wonderful?)
Another one of my favorite bloggers is in St. Lucia--her travel diary is making me a little envious...