Friday, April 26, 2013

Yosi Samra Flats

Yosi Samra

Semi recently I found these adorable fold up flats online and have been obsessed ever since! They look amazingly comfortable and super cute and are very affordable! They are made by the brand Yosi Samra and come in so many different colors and designs! I am lusting over the brown leather flats because of how versatile they would be!

Have y'all ever heard of Yosi Samra?

dWa

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Tiny Prints- Your One Stop Graduation And Stationary Stop!


As my high school graduation is quickly approaching I know that I, like others graduating this year, have been worrying about announcements, invitations, and thank you notes. A lot of details go into wearing that cap and gown so fear not because Tiny Prints makes it easier! My school does our announcements for us so that they look uniform. While those announcements do turn out great, I personally love the custom/personalized announcements that Tiny Prints offers.

Tiny Prints allowed me to choose some stationary to make my thank you note writing process much easier and cuter. Choosing from the vast variety of personalized stationary was a bit overwhelming (in the best way possible, we are talking about one of my favorite things here) but in the end, I chose the Tea Rose Monogram Marking Cards.


While I wish I could show you my exact cars, the picture quality is far better on Tiny Prints website than the images I take! These cards are both elegant while still fun, girly, and my favorite, Personalized!

Tiny Prints offers a slew of options, most of which can be personalized with names and different colors. If you were like me, searching for invitations, announcements, and stationary then head over to Tiny Prints where you can get all of these items personalized to your liking all in one place!

Also, enjoy up to $25 off of graduation announcements and party invitations with the code 25aprgrad which ends 4/30!

Have you ever ordered from Tiny Prints? Are you as in love with the company as me?

dWa

Graduation Announcements
Graduation Invitations 
Thank You Notes

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Color Me Rad Recap

This past Saturday my friend kPe and I ran the Color Me Rad race near where we live! It was an absolute blast and we smiled and laughed the whole way through! I definitely recommend signing up for a race like this whether it be The Color Run or Color Me Rad you are pretty much guaranteed to have a blast!

Here are some fun pictures from that day!

Our before picture, we both wore white monogrammed t-shirts with white nike shorts and bows!

At the race they give you the sunglasses to keep the color from your eyes.

As you can see, they did not skimp on the color!

At the race they have photographers where you can get your pictures taken which is a super fun aspect of the race!




My new favorite picture of kPe and I. You best believe this will be framed in both of our dorm rooms next year!


Have you ever done a color race like Color Me Rad?

dWa

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Ellie Coral Crush-The Cutest Workout Clothes-An Entire Outfit for $50

With soccer season ending soon I am hoping to stay motivated and active once my career as a high school athlete ends. The best way I have found to stay motivated with so far is to find cute workout clothes! Right now, I am absolutely loving Ellie because of the design and comfort of their pieces. I have four pieces so far from Ellie and can not wait to continue building my collection! The quality of the products are incredible and they are the comfiest workout clothes I own!

Each month, Ellie releases many new pieces all based around a central theme. This month is Coral Crush which explains why each piece has a bit of coral mixed in! I love checking to see what the new collections theme will be and deciding which pieces to order next!

Ellie Coral Crush

I also love Ellie's prices. They have an awesome program that is free to join where you can become a part of the Fit Fashionista Club and receive a complete outfit for $50. This is a crazy great deal considering most of the pieces have similar price tags to that but this way you get two items for that great price!

Ellie is technically a members only site but is so easy to join and if you click my Ellie button on the left hand sidebar you receive 20% off your first purchase!

Sign up today to get your 20% off and snatch up your cute coral crush outfit before your favorite pieces are sold out!

Which is your favorite piece from the collection?

dWa

Monday, April 22, 2013

Personalize 4 You Preppy Phone Cases

We all know that Etsy shops are my weakness but the moment I saw the phone cases from Personalize 4 You I knew there would be trouble! All of the cases are so precious and very very preppy! I am in love with the cases I have and they are the perfect compliment to any outfit while still serving the purpose of protection. 


I now have phone cases that will match any of my Lilly and I love the way the personalization looks!

The first case I chose was the Personalized Golf Cart and Ball Case in Pink and Green. I don't even play golf but knew that this case was one I had to have! It has not one but two monograms on it and words don't describe how adorable this case is! I put it on my phone the other day and received tons of compliments! How could you not love a polka dotted green background with a pink monogrammed golf cart?

The second case I chose was a bit simpler but cute nonetheless! This case is blue and green with a fun printed background and a large monogram. The colors are so springy and cute and it will be the perfect case to use all year long! The border around the monogram is especially cute since it looks like a scalloped circle!

What could make this shop even better you may ask? Well, not only do they sell phone cases but also awesome gifts like buckets, memo boards and frames, and tumblers!

Go check out Personalize4You and tell me which case you love!

dWa

Friday, April 19, 2013

The Preppy Seahorse


While I do love my monogrammed t-shirts sometimes I like to mix it up while still remaining pretty preppy! My new go to shop for non-monogrammed but preciously embroidered shirts and goodies is The Preppy Seahorse on Etsy! For starters how could you not love something that comes in a package with hand drawn precious sea animals!


As if the packaging weren't great enough, the contents are pretty awesome too! I now have the cutest comfort colors pocket tee with an adorable seahorse! Definitely the perfect alternative to a monogram! The Preppy Seahorse not only offers shirts but also offers lots of other monogrammed products!



I have the new perfect baseball hat for this summer! Baseball hats are great but the monogram adds a perfect subtle touch since it is in a very similar color! I also got a pair of pink croakies monogrammed in green which I can't wait to attach to my shades!


Just add shorts and shoes and have awesome attire for beach days this summer!

What are your summer staples?

dWa

Thursday, April 18, 2013

My Essie Favorites

Like many girls, I love to paint my nails! Lots of people have a favorite brand when it comes to nail polish and I am no exception! Essie is my go to for nail polish! Whether it be their cute bottle or fun color range, I am drawn to it whenever making a nail polish purchase!

I have quite the collection of nail polish so I thought that today it would be fun to share my favorites. Since Essie is my favorite then it makes sense that it makes up most of my collection and is therefore the one I am sharing with y'all!

Here are my Essie favorites!

essie favorites

Nudes:

Sand Tropez: The perfect sandy nude!
Sugar Daddy: A very pale pink that takes quite a few coats to build up the color. On the nails it is a your nail color but better kind of color!
Eternal Optimist: A more peachy nude. When wearing this color it is a bit more noticeable than the other two in this category but is a great color for formal events when you want a touch of color that looks good with other colors!

Pinks:

Peach Daiquiri: A bright neonish pink that is comes off as a hot pink with slight orange undertone.
Secret Story: A very Barbie pink!
Off the Shoulder: A great middle ground pink! One of my favorite summer colors.
Tart Deco: A coral pink meets orange! This color looks great with a tan!

Brights:

Bikini So Teeny: This is probably the only nail polish color I will ever have to repurchase because it runs out. This blue is a light periwinkle type color and is such a fun summer statement color.
Play Date: This purple color is a little intimidating in the bottle but comes off less bright on the nail. 
Where's My Chauffeur: A bright turquoise great for when you want your nails to pop.
Butler Please: This is a fun color that can work year round! A very creamy royal blue!
Absolutely Shore: This is included with brights however it isn't very bright. To me, this is the perfect mint green color and takes a couple of coats to build up the color!

I would love to hear what your favorite nail polish colors are!!

dWa

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

To Gild The Lily Review and Giveaway


I recently upgraded from my 4 year old iPhone 4 to an iPhone 5 and could not be happier with it! Talk about a big jump! One of the most fun parts about getting a new phone is getting to pick out a new case and I turned to To Gild the Lily because of their wide range of personalized cases! With around 400 cases to choose from it definitely took a while to decide but I am loving my pink coral and tiffany blue striped case!


Not only is the case precious but it is also really sturdy! It is hard plastic and the back design has a bit of shine! Interested in winning your own iPhone case from To Gild the Lily? Enter below!



Good Luck!

dWa

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Perfectly Preppy Bathingsuits

With summer on the horizon it is time to start searching for some fun bathing suits to wear while soaking up the summer sun!

Perfectly Preppy Bathing Suits

I definitely have some favorite places to shop when it comes to swimwear! Target and J.Crew and Boden are probably my favorites with Target being the winner because of their great prices! Online stores are also great resources when it comes to searching for a new favorite summer suit! 

(If you love any in the image above then click on the image which will take you to polyvore, and then click on the item which will take you to its site.)

Where do you like to shop for bathing suits?

dWa

Monday, April 15, 2013

Sadies Stitchery


Sadie's Stitchery is a precious new shop I have discovered on etsy! They offer adorable gifts that can be personalized ranging from napkins, jewelry, towels, accessories, and more! I love the wide range of monogram styles offered and how you can find gifts for everyone all in one place!

Recently, I received a large makeup bag from their shop that has yet to be released! Y'all are lucky enough to see it here first! It is a precious periwinkle and pink bag with my monogram in a matching pink color and it is quite large!


This makeup bag is awesome because not only does it hold basic toiletries, but it is also large enough to hold your hairbrush and your hair straightener! (I have a chi that fits perfectly so I'm sure many brands will fit). 


The outside is a sturdy canvas material that is strong enough to stand up on its on and easy to clean if anything leaks or spills! Another great feature is the thick waterproof lining on the inside! With handle on either side, you can easily grab and go with this great makeup bag!


I am so excited to pack for my next trip because now all of my toiletries can be conveniently in the same bag!

How do you pack your toiletries?

dWa

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Libby Monograms: Monogrammed Wristlet

Need to find a perfect all in one bag that you can carry alone or stick in your purse? Look no farther than Libby Monograms on Etsy for her fabulous monogrammed wristlet!

This bag is not only personal and sleek but it is also incredibly practical and spacious!
The wristlet has two separate compartments, a zippered coin pocket, and room for all of your cards! This bag can easily fit a smartphone with plenty of room to spare. If you choose to carry it on its own you can attach the wrist strap and you are good to go!



I use one of the large compartments for cash, the middle coin pocket for loose change, and the card slots for gift cards and credit cards!


The other compartment is the perfect size for my phone and is spacious enough to store other items as well!


I chose the grayish colored wristlet with a white monogram in the classic font! but there are so many options to choose from that will surely satisfy your desires!


You can also get this wristlet in cross body form! 

dWa

Friday, April 12, 2013

Rysa Ruth: The Perfect Seersucker Dress

Let's face it, it is Seersucker Season. I love seersucker and wish it could be worn year wrong but sometimes finding the perfect piece of seersucker to add to your closet can be difficult and sometimes pricey. However, I recently discovered Rysa Ruth on etsy which is the cutest custom dress shop with enough seersucker to last the season! Not only does this etsy shop offer seersucker, but they also offer a wide array of fabric choices that can be used to create any of their custom dresses!

I have the Erin dress in hot pink seersucker with a white sash that has my initials monogrammed in hot pink! This dress is perfect for all of the graduation parties I have coming up and will be timeless year after year!


Personally, I love the ruffle around the neck and enjoy that every part of designing your dress is up to you! That means, if you are on the taller side you can choose how long you would like the dress to be which means you will finally have a dress that goes to your ideal length!


Rysa Ruth also sells other fun dress styles like the 

Katherine Dress 


and the Lola Dress


The best part of Rysa Ruth has got to be the prices! These dresses range from $42 to $54 for a completely custom dress and that is hard to beat!

Which dress is your favorite?

dWa

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Some Real Prep In Your STEP: Spring and Summer Shoes

I hope you enjoyed my attempt at being clever with the title. Step, Shoes: It humored me!

Regardless of the pun, I thought it would be fun to share with y'all my idea of great shoes for Spring and Summer!

Spring and Summer Shoes

Sandals:

I love wearing sandals! They are super ideal to wear with shorts and skirts and they are also very convenient because you can just slip them on! I prefer sandals over pretty much any other type of shoe! My favorite sandals are my Jack Rogers. I have three different colored pairs and will wear them until they break! I also have a cute pair of Tory Burch sandals that I like but nothing compares to Jack Rogers!

Wedges:

Great as a dressier option, wedges are a great alternative to heels. Whenever I see wedges, I immediately think of spring and Easter. Cork wedges are especially cute since they are neutral but have a bit of flair!

Flats:

Flats are another great Spring and Summer shoe option! I love bright colored flats and think they can add a great pop of color to any outfit! Tory Burch has lots of fun colored reva flats but they can be a tad bit pricey. Yosi Samra is a cheaper alternative with fun colored flats that fold up!

Rainboots:

We all know that "April showers bring May flowers" so be ready to break out your rain boots this month! My favorites are Hunter Rainboots and they too come in a plethora of colors! 

If you could't tell, I love colorful shoes and hope you do too!

What are your favorite Spring and Summer Shoes?

dWa

Check out yesterdays giveaway!


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Eastern Shore Clothing Company Review, Giveaway, and Outfit Inspiration!

Recently I teamed up with a fun and preppy clothing company called Eastern Shore! I received their Bethany shirt in sea foam and could not be more impressed by the quality! Words can't describe how soft this shirt is and it is the perfect shirt to throw on if you want to look put together but remain comfy! Right now, the Eastern Shore Clothing Company has a few shirts available for both men and women but the Bethany is definitely my favorite!

One of the reasons this company caught my eye was the precious little crab logo on their products! It is embroidered onto the merchandise and adds a fun pop of color to their already bright products! When discussing the logo, the owners say that:

"Each time you see our logo and wear our clothes, we hope you are transported to the summer state-of-mind. It is those feelings that are at the very heart of our clothing."

For this post, I didn't solely want to share a photo of the product, I also wanted to add in some outfit inspiration! Below is a polyvore image I created that styles the Bethany top with some J.Crew chino shorts!


Eastern Shore Clothing Company

And even more fun then polyvore, I took photos in the exact outfit as shown above!

As you can see, the sea foam Bethany top is a fitted V-neck shirt with a cute pink crab logo that matches my neon azela J.Crew chino shorts to a T. I can't wait to continue wearing this outfit all spring and summer! It is the perfect thing to throw on during a hot day and know that you will be comfortable and cool all day long!



Now who wants to win their own Bethany Top?
Enter below using the Rafflecopter Widget and be sure to check out the Eastern Shore Clothing Company!


Good Luck!

dWa

P.S. Let me know if you like me turning the polyvore looks to life and maybe I will include more of this type of post!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Smart Girl's Guide April and Giveaway

To begin, wishing The Smart Girl's Group a happy first birthday is in order! I can not believe it has been a complete year since we launched our first issue! I remember talking with Emily all about the idea and watching it come to life over the past year has been amazing! I am so proud to say that I have been a part of this amazing group since the first day and can't wait to continue my involvement!

For those of you who don't know, I write a monthly organizational column and I just started interning for the magazine. My internship role involves reaching out to companies and finding shops willing to host giveaways for the Smart Girl's Group. If you follow the group on Facebook or check The Loop, the smart girl's blog, often then you probably noticed the wonderful Lifeguard Press Lilly Pulitzer USB giveaway going on right now! As you may have guessed, my new role is going well and I love sharing what the Smart Girl's Group is all about with companies!

This months issue truly reached a place so far beyond my expectations of the future of the Guide. I always knew that the concept and creation of this monthly magazine was brilliant but I would've never imagined it looking so professional! All of the spreads are carefully designed and the content and pictures seem so professional. It is truly amazing what a committed group of girls can accomplish when they put their heads together to "Be smart and share smarts."

Our Guide has come a long way since its early days and I could't be any more excited to see where it goes!

This is our cover image for this months guide! Please go check it out and let me know what you think!


Happy Birthday SGG!

dWa

Monday, April 8, 2013

A True Inspiration XX, Lilly Pulitzer

As saddened as I am by the passing of Lilly Pulitzer, I am so thankful for the life she lived. I will always remain a Lilly girl loving the bright prints and patterns the designer brought to life!

Today, I am honoring her by sharing some of my favorite Lilly quotes!

Lilly Pulitzer Quotes

Here's to the queen of pink and green! Heaven just became a whole lot more colorful!

dWa

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Sunday Spiel x2

This video was supposed to be posted last week but lucky for you, you have two videos to watch today!

March Purchases:

What is in my travel makeup bag:


Enjoy!

dWa

Friday, April 5, 2013

Furman Friday

Friday was Accepted Students Day at my future home, Furman. And since this post is up late (FIGURES) I thought could share what I did!

Accepted Students day was lots of fun with lots of information mixed in. I met tons of sweet girls and can not wait to call them my classmates next year!


Another fun part of accepted students day was that Shannon, who write Prep Avenue, and I got to meet each other. She is super cute and I loved getting to chat with her and her sweet mom. My fingers are crossed that she chooses to attend Furman next fall!


And lastly, my car is ready for college!


dWa



Thursday, April 4, 2013

Advice for High School Sophomores

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Remember friends, I am no professional when it comes to giving advice and these are just some of the things I would tell sophomores in high school if they were looking for advice! I will have a junior and senior advice post too at some point but these posts take a while to complete so look for those in the future.

If you haven't seen my Advice for High School Freshman post then click here!

Advice for High School Sophomores

(1) Don't take the easy way out:

School would be easier if you took the easy classes however, challenging yourself is good practice for the year to come as well as your college resume. If you can handle the AP and Honors/Advanced classes then take those courses. Our college counselor, who is amazing, always tells students to take these courses because it looks better to colleges if you have an A in an AP rather than an A in a college prep course. She is trying to be clever when she says that because an A isn't attainable for everyone but colleges do look at your course rigor. Course difficulty looks good so work hard and try to sprinkle in some of those advanced classes.

(2) Get your sleep:

Your course load may be a bit harder but sophomore year is a great year to get rest! This sounds silly but it is super important to start to build good sleep habits when you can! Don't procrastinate because then you will be going to sleep even later. I know I always want more sleep so set a time each night when you turn off your computer, TV, etc and do your very best to get to bed at that time. This will cause you to get things done quicker with hopes of getting to bed at that time.

(3) Have school spirit:

Who doesn't love dressing up and getting into theme nights! I don't know how it works at all schools but we often have themes for peprallys, football games, and basketball games and it makes it more fun when people get involved and get into it! Spirit week/ Homecoming week is another time when it is fun to show your school spirit by dressing up. The more people who dress up the more fun it becomes.

(4) Continue your involvement:

During freshman year you probably began to realize what clubs and extracurricular you really liked. Sophomore year is a great time to decide which activities you would like to continue participating in. By deciding which are worth your time hopefully you will be willing to continue your involvement throughout your time in high school.

(5) Take on leadership roles:

Along the same line as continued involvement, it is great to take leadership roles in activities you enjoy. Becoming secretary of student government or historian of your key club is a great way to truly show your interest. By beginning to look into leadership roles sophomore year, you will be able to start off with a less demanding position and work your way towards vice president or even president if you please!

(6) Summer activities:

Participating in summer activities is a great way to clarify what you may want to do later on in life. In my area, we have great programs that allow high school students to have hands on experience with different professions. Be sure to look into these different programs and consider applying to take part in these programs!

(7) Research colleges:

It is never to early to start researching colleges and sophomore year is a great time to begin since you have no pressure to make a decision! My favorite place to look into different aspects and characteristics of colleges is on College Prowler. On that site you are shown a grade A+ through F on different aspects of the school based on student reviews!

(8) Learn how to take notes:

While I wish there was a clear cut formula on how to take notes, this is really something you have to practice with in order to perfect it. Many of the details in taking notes deal with personal preferences causing you to have to discover what works best for you! By discovering your best note style sophomore year, you will be much better off junior year!

I hope you find these tips useful! I will have junior and senior tips up later on but these posts take quite a while to do so it may be a few weeks!

dWa

And you should click here to vote for me in the Lilly contest, I would love you forever!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Senior Prom Picture Overload

Last Friday night I attended my Senior Prom. Lots of you may be thinking March 29th is super early to have prom but when my last day of school is May 9th then it really isn't that early! So lucky enough for y'all I am now going to share a bunch of my prom pictures with y'all!

BEWARE: PICTURE OVERLOAD
















So with hopes to not bore you to death, I will stop the pictures there. I was super pleased with the way my dress looked and I was so comfortable in it which is always a plus! For my hair I did a twist/braid thing into a pinned up bun and for makeup I went a little more formal than usual. In all, I was super happy with the way things turned out and I had such a fun time with all of my friends!

I am always interested to hear if your school does or did long or short dresses?

dWa

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