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.

3. Converse:  I'm being perfectly honest when I say that I wear these shoes at least once a week.  They can easily be dressed up or dressed down, and I love throwing them on when I have to run around during school.

This month may have been a challenge, but it taught me several lessons.  Here's to hoping that March will be sunny and lovely!

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


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!
This lace dress has me reminiscing about springtime...
If you want to see more of my new corgi, click no further!
Everything about this outfit is lovely--pastels, anyone?

We're all waiting impatiently for spring (and I'm waiting impatiently for a long break), but in the wise words of Anne Frank, "Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy."

How was your week?


Springy 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

I'll admit, I love ankle boots and walks in the snow more than anyone, but spring sounds just lovely to me (and my feet)!

What are your favorite spring sandals?

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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
My favorite outfit post of the week
In case you missed it, a roundup of Audrey Hepburn inspiration
I recently did a debate about the necessity of summer homework;  I found this article to be very interesting...

To end with another bit of motivation, "In any given moment we have two options:  to step forward into growth or to step back into safety."

How was your week?


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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2. For the days when you're surrounded by negativity...
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3. For the days when you feel as though you can never overcome an obstacle...
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4. For the days when you need a reminder about what's really important in a happy life...
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After all, the happiest girls are the prettiest.

What's an Audrey quote that you love?


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

"I really am indifferent when it comes to the topic of Valentine's Day.  While I think it's a wonderful day to really treat your loved one, I don't think Valentine's Day should be the only day that you treat them." --Mikayla 

"I love Valentine's Day!  I'm a big fan of all holidays, and Valentine's Day is no exception.  I love walking through a store and seeing the big holiday displays, and whenever I see the boxes of Valentine's Day cards displayed on the shelves beside the rows of candy hearts, I get so excited...Valentine's Day is a holiday known for revolving around love, but it usually focuses only on the romantic kind. I believe the way society views relationships is harmful to people, both single and as part of a couple. Valentine's Day is a day of love, and should exclude no one.  Romantic.  Familial. Friendship.  Love comes in many forms, and I think Valentine's Day should celebrate that!" --J

2. How do you think social media affects how teens (especially girls) feel about Valentine's Day?
"There is already a lot of pressure for young girls/teens to look and act a certain way. Depending on what accounts girl teens follow on Insta, the pressure of not having a boyfriend on Feb 14 could be a bit heartbreaking.  I'd say, not everything is as rosy in real life as it is on social media...IG feeds like @awwsam, @bestfriendsforfrosting, and @asprinkledlife are love-safe accounts--a lot of sweets, cute pictures, fun ideas, but not so many boyfriend- or lover-themed posts--it's strictly a 'guys before fries' type of attitude, which is the best!" --Katelyn

"I think social media definitely affects teens', particularly girls', feelings towards the holiday because it tends to create a gap behind girls with boyfriends and those without them!  I always notice a surge of lovey-dovey posts on the holiday and/or of gifts, which definitely can be hard for girls without a boyfriend or those who just went through a breakup!" --Katie

"While I am a big fan of social media, I find that it sometimes over-amplifies certain things, including different holidays.  I definitely think that this can give young teens a false hope or representation of the day." --Sydney

"I feel like social media hypes up Valentine's Day to an entirely different level than it really is. Valentine's Day is just a special day to publicly show affection.  Teens and teen girls are ambushed with this idea that on Valentine's Day you need to have someone to share it with.  You need to go above and beyond for that person you are sharing it with. As a teen girl, I often find myself searching for a guy who will put value to my worth.  I feel like social media exploits the idea that that special someone will do so.  A guy or a girl does not define your self worth. That longing for that treasure can lead you astray." --Mikayla 

"Teens' (girls and boys) feelings are fragile.  Social media plays a big role in how people view themselves.  To a young adult, it is important to be accepted, and in this day and age when so many teens have social media, it's easy to base self-worth around the number of likes or retweets one has received.  I have fallen victim to obsessing over social media like I know so many others before me have, but that doesn't mean I love Valentine's Day any less. Over the years I have realized how important it is to realize your own self-worth...on February 14, multiple pictures of couples will appear in my feed, but that doesn't make me want to not celebrate Valentine's Day.  I believe that this day should be observed as a day of love for anyone and everyone, and not just those who have a significant other. Valentine's Day should be celebrated as just an extra-special day to show people love...social media could greatly influence teens' thoughts about this holiday, and love in general.  Let's use these platforms to showcase love in all its forms." --J

Valentine's Day is clearly an interesting subject, even to the thousands who celebrate it every year.  As for my fellow bloggers and me, we don't hate the holiday;  we recognize it not as the sugar-coated version that it can be portrayed as, but as what it truly is:  a day dedicated to loving others.

What's your opinion on Valentine's Day?


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

What do you think about these unique Valentines?  Do they size up to the typical 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
The origin story of emojis
Seventy bathroom designs--from beautiful to outlandish and everything in-between
If you know anything about me, you know that I love anything from the fifties, especially the actors and actresses

How was your week?