November Faves

I don't know which fact is more terrifying:  I have two weeks left until midterms, or tomorrow is December 1.  Each of those realities is pretty frightening--but that's life, right?
November seemed to fly by, particularly because the first few weeks were absolute chaos (in many ways), and I put more energy than I'd care to admit into wishing Thanksgiving break to the present.  The break was lovely, but now it's back to reality for us all.  At least November was a good sport and ended on a better note than it started with.  Now, on to some of my favorite things from the past few weeks:
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1. Cozy Sweaters:  Nothing screams winter fashion like a good sweater.  I've probably written about the assets of sweaters at least five times this month, if that fact proves my previous point.  If you're in the market for a good sweater, I recommend popping into J. Crew (check out this chic turtleneck) and Old Navy (I know I'm excited to wear this stitched number).

2. Fuzzy Socks:  Sensing a pattern here?  Although the winter weather here hasn't exactly lived up to my expectations, I haven't let that stop me from dressing in the most comfortable lounge clothing ever invented.

3. Heartless by Marissa Meyer:  I've searched for this novel every time I've stepped into a bookstore for the past month (that's quite a few times, I might add), and after much exploration, I stumbled upon a copy.  If you love Once Upon a Time and unique interpretations of classic fairy tales, you'll like this read and love this author.

4. Velvet:  Velvet is one of my favorite fabrics, particularly during the winter.  There's something so glamorous and sophisticated about it, whether it's adorning a pair of ankle boots or a pretty top.

Let's be frank:  November was as chaotic as it always is, but I think that chaos taught us all a few lessons.  However, the most wonderful time of the year is just around the corner--and I believe that's enough to pull us through.

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

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Love,

Being A Prep For A Week: 11/20/16 -- 11/26/16

Happy belated Thanksgiving, everyone!  I sincerely hope your day was filled with loved ones' visits, lots of laughter, and entirely too much food.  Now that that particular holiday is behind us, you all know what's coming:  the most wonderful time of the year! Although I believe that some of our society goes a bit overboard with Christmas preparations and marketing, I can't deny that it's also my favorite holiday.  Let's just say that the Christmas music station may be blasting in my house for the next several weeks...
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Now, on to some of my favorite links from the past week:
Somehow Abercrombie has mastered the art of creating lovely ugly Christmas sweaters: I love the vintage vibes on this one and the classic fairisle pattern on this one...
In the midst of preparing yesterday's post, I stumbled upon The Literary Gift Company, which has quickly become one of my favorite retailers--I mean, they sell literary-themed wrapping paper...
Just started watching this new documentary on Netflix;  if you love history, I definitely recommend giving it a watch!
The fact that Anthropologie sells a corgi ornament (!) makes me love the store that much more...
As someone who has always loved the Rockettes and The Nutcracker, I thought this video about the auditions for the Radio City Music Hall's Nutcracker program was very interesting...

Along with the knowledge of the holiday season's upcoming arrival, I'll leave you with one piece of advice:  "A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities."

How was your week?

Love,

Gift Guide: The Book Lover

I have been eagerly anticipating the day that I could finally start posting gift guides on the blog--and that day has arrived, my friends.  Nothing puts me in the holiday spirit quite like organizing these specialized gifting guides.  To start this series off, I wanted to compile a guide for a very unique bunch of people in the world:  the literary lovers.  We all know at least one of them, and many of us (myself included) categorize ourselves as part of the book lovers club.  While the obvious present for this group will always be a good book, it can be difficult to discover more creative gift options.  Never fear;  that's why I'm here (and on Black Friday, of all days)!

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-- Ankle Socks -- Pen

A classic book is wonderful, but we literary lovers will appreciate a gift card just as much. Also, most of us are prone to lounging around while reading a gripping novel, so fuzzy socks, comfy pillows, and unique mugs (for steaming hot drinks) are both thoughtful and useful gifts.  It's a win-win!

What other gifts do you think are perfect for book lovers?

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Love,

Sweater Weather

Miracle of all miracles, the temperatures here in the South have actually dropped into the "cool" range.  Even more miraculous, it has ceased being 80 degrees outside at 8 AM:  a staunch improvement!
Sweaters have always been one of my favorite pieces of winter clothing because of their versatility.  It's very easy to make a sweater just as casual or as formal as you'd like depending on what you pair it with, and there really is no limit as to how many ways you can style one.  To celebrate this onset of winter weather, I've rounded up a few of my favorite sweaters to share with you.  Feel free to wrap up in a large blanket and drink a steaming mug of hot chocolate while browsing.
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Cable Knit Sweater -- Navy Fair Isle Sweater -- Striped Funnel Neck Sweater
-- Charcoal Mock Neck Sweater -- V-Neck Sweater -- Bow Tie Neck Sweater

Granted, the mere thought of patterned sweaters and turtlenecks would have made me cringe just a few years ago, but now that they've gained popularity, I find them pretty appealing.  Plus, what isn't to love about a cozy cable knit or a striped number?

What are some of your favorite sweater trends?

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Love,

Being A Prep For A Week: 11/6/16 -- 11/12/16

What a week.  Especially if you reside in America, you can agree with me on that one.
On a smaller scale, my part of the world was extremely busy.  On Monday I had a nerve wracking audition for Alabama's Allstate SATB choir (something I've been involved with for the past four years) which, surprisingly, went very well.  Tuesday and Wednesday were filled with miscellaneous quizzes and makeup work, and Thursday was the mother load:  a qualifying round for a state competition and an AP Statistics test that I continue to have nightmares about.  However, all of that hustling and hectic-ness has really paid off;  this is the first weekend in a long assortment of weekends that I haven't felt completely overwhelmed by homework or ongoing projects.  Plus, dare I say it:  it's beginning to feel a lot like the holiday season!  No time is better for new beginnings.
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Now, on to some of my favorite links from the past week:
Rosie has once again convinced me to take up traveling;  Boston has never looked so appealing...
Can we talk about how cute the J. Crew kids' holiday line is?  
Anthropologie has the most beautiful wall art:  this piece reminds of the sea, and this piece is lovely for any animal lovers out there...
If anyone is still fixated on pumpkin (I don't blame you), this is the video for you to watch!
Lastly, I'm excited to announce that my family is taking a Christmas trip to Disney this December--and everyone knows that no vacation is complete without good food...

Let's be honest:  this week was just as eye-opening as it was hectic.  It was simultaneously a beginning and an end to many things, on both smaller and larger scales. The only thing left for us to do is to march onward, to face this new beginning with courage and perseverance.  In light of that, I have but one piece of advice for you: "Believe in the sun, even when it's not shining.  Believe in love, even when you feel it not.  Believe in God, even when He is silent."

How was your week?

Love,