Friday, January 31, 2014

My Favorite Twitter Accounts

Until the end of this December I kind of abandoned my twitter account (@prepinyourstep) but ever since then I have been getting on a bit more frequently! I thought that for all of you twitter lovers it would be fun to se some of my favorite tweeters!

My Favorite Twitter Accounts

What are your favorite twitter accounts that I should follow?

Thursday, January 30, 2014

How to Make the Most of your College Visits

For many High School Juniors and Seniors now is the time that you will be college hunting! A year ago I was still with y'all in the search, believe me I know it can be a long one! I know that I talked to my college counselor so often about what I should do on campus tours and any tips she may have had. I decided this post would be the type of post I would have looked for during my tour experiences to make the most of them!

One of the biggest tips I can give in regards to visiting colleges would be to visit as many colleges as you can. By doing this you are able to come up with a list of things you like and don't like narrowing your search down immensely! Certainly don't close off options before seeing what you are judging! I was fortunate enough to have that feeling lots of people talk about in relation to colleges and wedding dresses about knowing where you belong once you are on the campus.

When visiting Furman my junior year my mom had to tell me to stop telling her how much I loved it. Once on campus I knew that was where I wanted to be! Now, I also understand that where you want to be may not necessarily be where you end up (scholarships, acceptance, etc definitely play a role and y'all know that).

Below I have compiled a list of things you can do to make the very most of your college tour!

Make the most of college visits

1. Walk in the Front:
Most tour guides are students who are showing you the school they chose when they were in your shoes. Take advantage of this similarity and walk in the front and get to know them. Not only will it allow them to see your genuine interest but will also allow you a view of the school from someone who is loving their experience there. By walking in the front you won't get lost in the crowd and will likely be able to learn first hand about the application and scholarship process that could be pivotal to your future at any college.

2. Ask lots of Questions:
By following tip number one you are already in the perfect position to begin asking questions. Many of things you may want answered may also be answered on online sites but hearing from a liaison to the University can be indispensable. Don't only ask the basics like "are classes hard" but instead ask unexpected questions that you are hoping to know the answers to! The best person to ask these questions to is a current student which leads me to tip number three...

3. Talk to a Current Student:
I would consider myself a relatively outgoing person and I am pretty good at making conversation however sometimes chatting with current students (when it's unplanned and you don't know them) can just be plain awkward! Talking to a current student is the best way to learn about the students, workload, things to do, and food options on campus. They are the ones experiencing the schools therefore they know best! PS. If you are considering Furman and are coming for a visit I would love to sit down with you and  talk about my experience! Don't hesitate to email me prepinyourstep@gmail.com.

4. Explore the Campus on your Own:
While school guided campus tours are terrific it is great to take some time to explore the campus on your own. In college you will not have someone guiding you around so attempt to explore it on your own! This will allow you time to utilize tip number 6!

5. Make a Pro / Con list:
You will be looking at lots of different colleges and chances are you will mix up some of the campuses. Be sure to make a pro/con list after each tour so that you can look back on your experience and better recollect on your experience. Be sure to make this pro/con list based on your own opinion, not what you have heard other people say about the school or opinions other people in your group have voiced. Frankly, they are not the one who will be experiencing the school decision you make so do not let them form your opinion of a school this pro/con list needs to be filled with the stuff YOU like and what YOU dislike!

6. Spend time in the Library, Dining Hall, and Dorms:
These are the places that as a student you will spend the majority of your time so be sure to get a feel for the atmosphere and layout of these locations! Be sure to see a freshman dorm room, let's face it, you need to know the size and setup so that you can start imagining decorating your dorm there. The dining hall and library are hubs for students! If you can, eat a meal in the dining hall and do plenty of people watching to get a feel for what it is like in this place where you will spend plenty of time and after a meal head on over to the Library! As much as you don't want to hear this, you will spend lots and lots (and lots) of time in the library, it is the perfect place to get away and get some studying accomplished along with a bit of socializing so it is a essential for you to check it out!

7. Take some Pictures:
You will want to remember your experiences at these different college campuses so why not remember them with pictures! Also, taking pictures will allow you to better recall things you experienced while touring the college!

8. Explore the Surrounding Area:
There is more to choosing a college than just the campus. You definitely need to take into account the area around campus. If you are the type of person who wants to be near a city that will affect where you look at schools! I love downtown Greenville and loved exploring it for the first time when on my first tour of Furman! Take advantage of shopping around (with your parents money) before you are on a college kid budget!

Good luck on your college search!
What tips do you have for college searching students?

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Yikes, Stripes! Collab with Stripes and Peonies!

When collaborating with the precious Gracey of Stripes and Peonies why wouldn't we style both of our favorites, STRIPES! First off, Gracey is absolutely fabulous and incredibly fashion forward, I wish I could pull off all of the awesome combinations she can rock! I am so excited to introduce y'all to her and hope you will stop by her blog for a visit to see how she styled her favorite striped piece!

For me, stripe are essential. Such an easy way to add pattern into an outfit and mix things up! I honestly think that everyone should have at least one (if not 3 or maybe 8) striped tops in their wardrobe. I adore my black and white striped t-shirt for its comfort and ability to add dimension into an otherwise boring outfit!




| Top: Old Navy | Jeans: Banana Republic | Vest: Old Navy | Scarf: Deja Vu | Jewelry: Daily Pieces see links here |

Do you like to mix up outfits by adding in some stripes? 
I hope you love seeing what Gracey styled as well!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

I'M A KAPPA DELTA!

After what seemed like eternity rush came and went! While it was a lengthy process and one in which I remained pretty anxious I could not be more ecstatic about the results!

I am now a Kappa Delta at Furman University!

Below is just a glimpse at what this past Sunday was and don't worry, I'll be back with a picture heavy post before you know it!


 I am so excited to be able to share my experiences with y'all!
I will have posts coming up all about my experience with recruitment (if y'all want to hear?) and don't doubt that you will be seeing lots of pictures around here soon (that and lots of green and kd's)!

P.S. I can not thank y'all enough for all of the supportive emails, comments, and tweets about the entirety of this process, y'all are the best!

P.S.S. This is my most favorite graphic I've ever created to date, let me know what you think!

One happy KD!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Life Is A Bit Better When Your Pajamas Go Together!

I don't know about y'all but I feel like an adult when my pajamas match! I only have a few pairs of pajamas that have both the top and bottom matching and from here on out I think I will be planning to go with matching sets than just the pants!

Below are some cute pairs in various price ranges that I adore!

Life is a bit better when your pajamas go together

If you want to see where any of the pajamas above are from click on the image which will take you to polyvore and once there click on the specific item and you will be directed to where you can purchase them!

Where do y'all like to get your pajamas and do you prefer for them to match or not?

Friday, January 24, 2014

My Daily Jewels

As I do with my outfits, I don't really branch out that much when it comes to my daily jewelry pieces either! On occasion I will throw on a statement necklace if a sweater needs something more. Here you can see my most worn jewelry pieces as well as links to where to get them!

My Daily Jewels

monogram necklace: etsy
earrings: freshwater pearls (gift)
Monogram Bracelet: etsy
watch: fossil

What are your most worn jewelry pieces?

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Announcement: Blogger Breakfast in Bed {Feb.1}

I am ecstatic to announce a huge blog collaboration that I am hosting on February 1st! I thought of this at the end of December and have been over joyed all month to host this event! The positive response from some of y'all on social media doesn't hurt either!

What might this be you may ask?

This is a collaboration from bloggers all over the internet of them creating a post answering some questions I have sent them while enjoying breakfast in bed in some cozy pajamas!

Here is the invite I made! Pretty cute if I do say so myself!


Get excited for February 1st and be sure to stop by here for a link list of everyone participating, I promise it won't disappoint! 

Want to join in on the fun? Post a photo of you in some pajamas eating breakfast in bed and tag me @prepinyourstep with the hashtag #blogbreakfastinbed for a chance to see yourself on here sometime in February!

Can't wait for our virtual date!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Oh So Bow Bracelets + Discount Code

While I do Love KJP and Vicker's Bow Bracelets they come with a hefty price tag! Now I have found the perfect alternative for a fraction of the price with 10% off with code DOROTHY10!

What could be this fabulous you may ask? Oh So Bow Bracelets on Etsy! With Lilly Pulitzer, Vineyard Vines, and even Southern Tide fabric how could you not fall in love with these! I also adore the plain bracelets and think they are the perfect addition for any outfit!

Ranging from $6 to $14 these are quite affordable and made even more affordable by my discount code Dorothy10!

Oh So Bow Bracelets on Etsy, DOROTHY10 for 10% off

These bracelets are so well made and are sure to win you many compliments with every wear!
Check out the comparison I made vs. Oh So Bow Bracelets and Vicker's Bow Bracelet!
As you can see, the two are pretty similar with Oh So Bow Bracelets dominating the price category! I know which one I am choosing and you can find them here!

Comparison

Go checkout Ashley's fabulous etsy shop and use the code DOROTHY10 for 10% off your purchase!

Which Oh So Bow Bracelets are your favorites? I love my VV whale one!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Pattern Play: Navy or Nothing

Stripes or Polka Dots?
Why decide when you can have both! Especially when both are in the same color scheme!
Excuse the fact that majority of these pieces are J.Crew.

 

  



 



| Shirt: J.Crew Factory | Vest: J.Crew | Jeans: J.Crew | Socks: J.Crew | Bracelets: David Yurman & Etsy | Necklace: Etsy

Monday, January 20, 2014

Daily Makeup Favorites

Recently I have had a few people ask about some of my makeup favorites and thought that it would be fun to share it on here. While most days my makeup routine is pretty minimalist sometimes it is fun to put on a bit more! Below I will list some of my favorites!

my makeup favorites!

Primer: Revlon Photoready Primer
Foundation: Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer and Maybelline BB Cream
Concealer : J.Edwards Concealer (actually the best ever, I love it)
Powder: Revlon Nearly Naked Powder and Bare Minerals
Mascara: Maybelline Colossal Cat Eyes, Nars Volumizing, and Buxom
Eyeliner: Stila smudgeproof eyeliners in lionfish, aubergine, navy, and stingray
Eyeshadow: Maybelline Color Tattoo in Barely Branded, Trish McEvoy Little Black Card Effortless Beauty, Laura Mercier Rose and Cashmere eyeshadows and also Laura Mercier Peach Mosaic Quad
Blush: Bobbi Brown Desert Rose (the best blush ever), Nars orgasm and desire blushes, and Laura Mercier Pink Rose Quad
Lip Products: Maybelline Dr. Rescue Colored lip balm and Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain

Like I said earlier, I rarely do a full face of makeup but regardless I hope you like looking at my recommendations and I would love to hear yours!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Nailed It - Winter Shades

If y'all have been around here for a while or follow me on instagram (which you should @prepinyourstep) then you know that I LOVE nailpolishes, specifically Essie! You can see my all time favorites here!

I feel like the winter time is the perfect time for neutrals and some colors that pop, here are my favorites from this winter (although a few got cut out of the picture)!


My favorite top coat of the moment - Seche Vite Dry Quick

(in order of appearance including partially seen polishes)

Sand Tropez, Moccacino, Sable Collar, In Stitches, Snap Happy, Parka Perfect, Mind Your Mittens

What are your favorite winter polishes?

I am dying to get Essie's After School Boy Blazer, such a pretty navy!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

The Perfect College Care Package

With it being winter and the weather being a bit dreary, now would be the perfect time to brighten your favorite college students day by sending a package their way! Personally, my day gets 15 times better when my phone buzzes with an email from Furman's postal service stating that I have a package. Send that excitement someones way with these fool proof prizes.
(PS - this is geared towards gals so if you want a guys version let me know)

Throw in a combination of these items or the whole bunch!

The Perfect College Care Package

1. Coffee Gift Card:

It comes as no surprise that coffee keeps many of us college students engaged and alert! Load it up with $10 or $15 and they will surely thank you every sip. Be sure to find out what coffee shop they have on campus so that you can get them a giftcard for there!

2. Homemade Sweets:

The perfect taste of home! The dining hall gets old, I know that and I have only had one semester of experience with it! Send them their favorite snack but be sure to send enough for them to share since that is inevitable. 

3. Magazines:

Magazines are quite the luxury in college! Free time (if you are lucky enough to get any) usually isn't spent getting away from everything going on. A magazine if the perfect way to tell your favorite college kid to take a break and relax now and then!

4.  Nail Polish and Socks:

Going along with the idea of relaxation show your college kid that it is more than acceptable to pamper yourself!

5. Movie:

Throw in a fabulous movie! Some of my favorite weekend nights are spent watching movies with friends in the dorms. Feel free to throw in popcorn as well!

6. Any Necessity:

Whether it is shampoo, toothpaste, or face wash I know how frustrating it is to spend your allowance on these sort of things! This way you will feel like your package is necessary!

If anyone needs my address after this post let me know!

What are your favorite things to receive in the mail?

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Spotted, Red Handed

I've told you before and I'll say it again, a sweater + a J.Crew vest is a typical outfit for me! When I was home for break I realized the temperature difference present between home and school and was never the one complaining about being cold. I think a sweater and a vest are the perfect staples for keeping someone warm and when it is a bit chillier throw on a jacket and you will be set to go!



 





| Sweater: Forever 21 | Vest: J. Crew | Jeans: Banana Republic | Flats: Tory Burch | Necklace: Etsy |

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Why Preppy is Here to Stay!

My grandfather called me the other day and had me check out a video he had seen on bloomberg.com. All he told me was to look at an article entitled "Die, Preppy, Die!" and left it at that. To my pleasant surprise, the second part in the name of the article was "Never. Why?". 

The reason why it will never die is summed up by a few of everyones favorite preppy brands!

Watch the video here!


Reasons why as explained by video:

Why Preppy Will Never Die!

Thank you to my Grandfather for letting me know about this article and thanks to bloomberg.com for writing an article that justifies our preppy attire!

Monday, January 13, 2014

New Semester Necessities

With my new semester beginning today I though there would be no better time than now to share my necessities to make the semester a little brighter!
new semester necessities

1. Notebooks:

I have 4 classes this semester therefore I have 4 notebooks this semester. My favorites are 5 star's three-subect notebooks, college-ruled of course! Be sure to get a different color for each class (you can coordinate it with the pen you use to write assignments down in your agenda) and throw a monogrammed sticker on the front to personalize it! PS. If necessary you can rib out the subject dividers to make 1 mega notebook, that is my favorite way to do it! Check out lots of my favorite notebooks here.

2. Agenda:

Don't have one? Get up and go get one now! Who knows if I would get anywhere or have accomplished anything without mine. Grab a pretty one (Lilly Pulitzer, Kate Spade, Sugar Paper La for Target) and get organized! Check out how I organize mine here!

3. Le Pen + Bic:

My killer combo! Not much explanation needed here. Le Pen are essential for my agenda and to-do lists while Bic Atlantis Pens are my favorite for note taking! (Highlighters rock too!)

4. Colorful Post Its and Pretty Note Pads:

Certainly necessary for to-do lists, my favorites! I am much more inclined to accomplish tasks if I can check a box or cross an item off. Am I the only one who thinks that way?

5. Pretty Paper Attachers:

Can you say Kate Spade binder clips or paper clips? I die! I need these in my life to encourage cohesiveness in my school work this semester!

6. Binder:

Throw some dividers in here and this is the perfect place to put handouts for all you classes! It is nice only need one!

Do you have any favorites or tips for me?

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Back to Furman

I have mixed feelings about heading back to school today! I am nervous about some upcoming events and readjusting to new classes and schedules but I am excited about all of the opportunities that could come from these adjustments.

 

Regardless, I am on my way back to school for another exciting semester at Furman. One of my many favorite Christmas presents I received was this duffle bag from Marley Lilly. It is so spacious and was so nice to have to pack stuff in to head back! 

It vaguely reminds me of an LL Bean boat tote and I love the classic feel the navy and saddle color leather gives it!


Do you have mixed emotions about the begging of a new experience?

Friday, January 10, 2014

Before Bedtime Routine

I know what you are thinking, this post is going to be incredible boring but I will not be boring you with a description of when I shower and what toothpaste I use. But instead, I am sharing with y'all the last things I do before I turn my lights off. Some of these are old habits and some are new and hopeful habits. Me time is difficult to come by in college and I think right before I go to sleep is the perfect way to re-energize and re-focus my thoughts!

Before Bed Routine

1. Jesus Calling:

This is my third year of reading this devotion and it is simply amazing. Somehow it tells me exactly what I need to hear each night as if it were written specifically for me!

2. Every Day Memory: 

I have just started using this fabulous book to record my favorite memory of each day (see reason here). Whoever came up with this book is brilliant, it will last me five years and will be such a fun way to reflect from year to year and day to day. This is forcing me to be more positive! (see #13 and #4 here)

3. Love Does:

I have heard so many of positive things about this book and my roommate is reading it and loves it! It is all about discovering an incredible life in an ordinary world, again with the positive thoughts!

4. Chapstick, Hand lotion, and Lights Out:

Gotta moisturize! 

While this does seem like a lot to do and sleep depravation is ever-present I will be doing my very best to keep it up!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Anything Unrelated to Elephants is Irrelephant!

I have always had a love of elephants, blame it on the fact that I was born and raised in Alabama cheering Roll Tide. Pink and Navy? Another obsession of mine! You can guess my reaction when I opened this certain Christmas present combining many of my favorites! How absolutely perfect is this scarf? It is similar to Lilly Pulitzer's Tusk in the Sun Murfee scarf but surprisingly I like this one better!

 

 

 

| Sweater: Forever 21 | Vest: Old Navy | Scarf: local boutique, brand is grevina | Jeans: Banana Republic | Boots: Frye |

Do you have a random animal obsession?

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

14 in 2014

Instead of resolutions I decided to make a list of 14 goals I have for myself in 2014. 
Here they are!
14 in 2014

What are your goals for 2014?

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

13 High Points of 2013

Oh, how I wish I had kept an exact list of all the things I loved in 2013 (wanting to do that this year), I feel like I am probably missing some really important ones but here are just some of the highlights I had last year.

13 High Points of 2013

Stay tuned for tomorrow's post all about goals  for 2014!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Good TV Series for a Lazy Day of Winter Break

While reading has been my main form of laziness this break, netflix often catches my attention and lures me into a good series to watch! I still have another week of my winter break and thought it would be fun to share with y'all some of my favorite TV Series for a lazy day of winter break!

TV Series for a Lazy Day

1. Gossip Girl
Any preppy girls favorite! Honestly I don't know very many people who dislike this series meaning it is a win win for all. All six seasons are on Netflix and I adore the plot as well as the clothes they wear!

2. Hart of Dixie
While some of the ideas are a bit exaggerated, I adore this show especially since it is locationally set in my hometown!  Definitely a fun show to catch up on and then watch current episodes on the CW.

3. Pretty Little Liars
I have read all of the books and feel obligated to watch how the show interprets the books! While some parts of this are kind of scary I love watching it and am excited for it to come back on and see what happens!

4. Friends
My roommate is obsessed with this show and got me to start watching it this semester. I have really enjoyed the episodes I've seen and can't wait to watch more!

5. The OC
While this show is old I love love love it. Seth Cohen is hysterical and it's fun to see what kind of trouble these OC teens get themselves into.

6. Modern Family
I dare you not to laugh out loud during these episodes. This is a show my whole family enjoys and is such a funny series!

What are your favorite TV Series that I would like?

Friday, January 3, 2014

New Year, Organized You

Most of y'all know that I am an organization obsessor bordering on OCD! Since many people have New Year Resolutions based upon organization I decided I would share some links to my past organization posts!













+ video of dorm room

How are you going to organize more this year?

Thursday, January 2, 2014

My Winter Must Haves

My winter attire is pretty consistent. You can find me in jeans constantly with a sweater and a j.crew vest or an oxford, sweater, and a coat! I feel like winter is an easy season for me to dress for by accessorizing with different items!

Below you can find my typical winter attire featuring my new favorite christmas present, a Barbour jacket!

Winter Musts

What are your winter must haves?

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